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Theme of World Hepatitis Day 2019

World Hepatitis Day is observed on every 28th July with an aim to raise global awareness about Hepatitis virus. World Hepatitis Day is a world-level awareness program launched by global public health campaign of world health organization.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a liver infection and inflammation caused by different viruses. There are five types of viruses named “Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E.”  Hepatitis A and E are acute infections and short term disease, while Hepatitis B, C, and D are ongoing and chronic disease with long term infection. This hepatitis virus can lead to liver complications including Liver cancer and liver failure.

Do you why  WHO (World Health Organization)  chooses 28th July for World Hepatitis Day because 28th July is the birthday of the Noble Prize-winning scientist “Dr. Baruch Blumberg” who discovered the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and more than he also developed the diagnostic test and vaccine for the Virus.

Every year WHO decides the theme for World Hepatitis Day which raises global awareness about Hepatitis. This year the Theme of World Hepatitis Day 2019 is“Invest in Eliminating Hepatitis” which focus on World Hepatitis Day campaign – “Find the missing million”

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Approx. 300 million people around the world are living unaware of viral hepatitis and without diagnosing millions will continue to suffer which can cause to lose their lives. And even 1.76 crore Indians are also affected by the deadly hepatitis virus. On 28th July World Hepatitis Day, people from across the world are called to take action and raise awareness to “Find the Missing Millions”.

World Health Organization will soon release the new estimate for investments which are needed to achieve hepatitis elimination goals by 2030.  This year the Host Country for World Hepatitis Day 2019 is Pakistan and the global event will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 27th July 2019.

 History of World Hepatitis Day

 Earlier Hepatitis C was an international awareness day which took place on 1st October 2004 coordinated by various European and Middle Eastern Patient group.  However, many patient groups celebrated hepatitis day on different dates and because of this reason in 2008, World Hepatitis Alliance collaborated with patient groups and declared 19th May first Global World Hepatitis Day. In May 2010, during 63 World Health Assembly declared World Hepatitis Day and after that, the date of World Hepatitis Day was changed to 28th July. After the adoption of earlier declaration 28th, July was the final date for the celebration of World Hepatitis Day.

Some objectives for World Hepatitis Day 2019

  • Encourage people to come forward to access hepatitis prevention, testing and treatment services.
  • Raising awareness about of different form of hepatitis and how they are transmitted.
  • To make urge for national and regional policymakers to increase political and financial commitments for hepatitis response.
  • Increase awareness about Hepatitis A and B vaccines.
  • To provide an opportunity for strengthening prevention, screening, and control of viral hepatitis and its related diseases.  

Past Themes of World Hepatitis Day are

-The theme of World Hepatitis Day 2018 was “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”.

-The Theme of 2017 was “Eliminate Hepatitis”.

-Theme of 2016 was “Prevent Hepatitis: It’s up to you”.

-Theme of 2015 was “Prevention of Viral Hepatitis. Act now”.

Swikriti Dandotia

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