World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.
World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World AIDS Day.
World Hepatitis Day provides an opportunity to focus on actions such as:
Raising awareness of the different forms of hepatitis and how they are transmitted;
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.
Each year focuses on a specific theme. The list of themes is as follows:
2011: Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere. Know it. Confront it. Confront her.
2012: It’s closer than you think.
2013: More must be done to stop this silent killer.
2014: Hepatitis: Think Again
2015: Prevention of viral Hepatitis. Act now.
2016: Know Hepatitis-Act now.