World Hepatitis Day 2014

Viral hepatitis is a major global health issue affecting nearly 400 million people worldwide.

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World Hepatitis Day is an annual event on the 28th of July that provides international focus for patient groups and people living with viral hepatitis. It allows an opportunity to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

Launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, H.I.V. campaigns have, it focuses on raising awareness of the different forms of hepatitis: what they are and how they are transmitted; who is at risk; and the various methods of prevention and treatment.  Since 2010 World Hepatitis Day has been coordinated by the World Hepatitis Alliance in collaboration with the WHO.

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Every year World Hepatitis Day gets bigger and bigger, with more countries and organizations taking part. Since its 2008 launch, thousands of events have taken place, from rock concerts to ministerial meetings and fundraising events. In 2012 the World Hepatitis Alliance organized a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people performing the ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ actions within 24 hours.

Viral hepatitis is a major global health issue affecting nearly 400 million people worldwide. In observance of World Hepatitis Day, July 28, learn more about three common types of viral hepatitis: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

For more information about what’s going and to get involved visit: http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/en/

 

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