The World Health Organization (WHO) has released campaign material for World Hepatitis Day: 28th July 2016. This year the theme is “Know Hepatitis, Act Now”.
Viral hepatitis is caused by one of several hepatitis viruses: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D, Hepatitis E.
Hepatitis viruses cause infection and inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis B and C can cause severe disease and even death.
They are transmitted through:
- Unsafe sex
- Unsafe injections and medical procedures
- Transmission from mother to child
- Injecting drug use
Viral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally.
Every year, 6-10 million new people get infected with Hepatitis.
95% of people with hepatitis do not know that they are infected.
Only 1 in 100 persons with the disease is being treated for it.
Link to the fact sheet on Hepatitis A:
Link to the fact sheet on Hepatitis B:
Link to the fact sheet on Hepatitis C:
Link to the fact sheet on Hepatitis D:
Link to the fact sheet on Hepatitis E:
Link to the WHO news release on World Hepatitis Day 2016:
Link to a quiz on Hepatitis:
Link to WHO’s Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021:
Link to infographic on Hepatitis B, C and D:
Link to infographic on Hepatitis A and E:
Link to full campaign infographic World Hepatitis Day 2016 (jpeg):
Link to full campaign infographic World Hepatitis Day 2016 (PDF):
Link to WHO page containing key messages for World Hepatitis Day 2016:
Link to WHO page describing what you can do for World Hepatitis Day 2016:
Link to WHO page for World Hepatitis Day 2016:
Links to infographics for social media:
I will urge WHO representatives to publish similar articles for other communicable and noncommunicable diseases for the benefit of public health.