Did you know that one in twelve people worldwide is living with either chronic hepatitis B or C? The United Nations today marks World Hepatitis Day for the first time to bring attention to the disease
The World Hepatitis Alliance, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has been marking 28 July as a day of awareness of the disease since 2008. Following the World Health Assembly in May 2010, it was agreed that World Hepatitis Day would be recognised annually on 28 July.
The first official WHO World Hepatitis Day is marked to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.
It provides an opportunity to focus on specific actions such as: strengthening prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis and its related diseases; increasing hepatitis B vaccine coverage and integration into national immunization programmes; and coordinating a global response to hepatitis.
The theme of the campaign is – “Know it, confront it. Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere”.
Hepatitis is one of the most prevalent and serious infectious conditions in the world, but many people - including health policy makers - remain unaware of its staggering toll on global health.
World Hepatitis Alliance
The World Hepatitis Alliance is a global voice for the 500 million people worldwide living with chronic viral hepatitis B or C
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