Safe Injection Global Network: Advocacy Booklet

World Health Organization, 2011

25 pp. 1.7 kB:

Unsafe injection practices are an international issue. Although the exact global burden of disease resulting from unsafe injections is difficult to measure, 40% of all injections are believed to be unsafe while in some countries the proportion is as high as 70%. The danger of contaminated needles and syringes put thousands of millions of people at risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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