28th July is celebrated as World Hepatitis Day each year. This year, the theme is “Test. Treat. Hepatitis“.
Hepatitis attacks the most vulnerable. It can be prevented, diagnosed, treated and even cured.
Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades.
Timely testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C can save lives.
Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.
Viral hepatitis has become a major killer due to a lack of global attention, and causes debilitating diseases and also places a huge economic burden on families. Over the past 15 years, more and more people have been dying of viral hepatitis. Simultaneously, people are becoming newly infected with hepatitis.
Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. They are the root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year.
More than 90% of Hepatitis B infections occur through mother -to- child transmission and during early childbirth.
High risk groups for Hepatitis B and C include:
- injectable drug users
- men who have sex with men
- people who have had tattoos or acupuncture
- partners of people living with Hepatitis B
- health care workers
At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C.
The objectives of the campaign are:
- To support scale-up of hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment and care services, with specific focus on promoting WHO testing and treatment recommendations;
- To showcase best practices and promote universal health coverage of hepatitis services; and
- To improve partnerships and funding in the fight against viral hepatitis
You can help eliminate hepatitis.
Link to the WHO World Hepatitis Day 2018 page:
Link to WHO Hepatitis B treatment guidelines:
Link to WHO Hepatitis C treatment guidelines:
Link to WHO Question & Answer page on ‘What is hepatitis?’:
Link to MMWR article on worldwide access to treatment for Hepatitis B virus infection:
Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis A (reviewed July 2017):
Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis B (reviewed July 2017):
Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis C (updated April 2018):
Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis D (reviewed July 2017):
Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis E (reviewed July 2017):