28 July- World Hepatitis Day 2018: “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”

28th July is celebrated as World Hepatitis Day each year. This year, the theme is  “Test. Treat. Hepatitis“.

Background Information:

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.

Key Messages:

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.
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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

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At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C.

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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.

Useful Links:

Link to the WHO World Hepatitis Day 2018 page:

http://www.who.int/who-campaigns/world-hepatitis-day/2018

Link to WHO Hepatitis B treatment guidelines:

http://origin.who.int/hepatitis/publications/hepatitis-b-guidelines/en/

Link to WHO Hepatitis C treatment guidelines:

http://origin.who.int/hepatitis/publications/hepatitis-c-guidelines-2016/en/

Link to WHO Question & Answer page on ‘What is hepatitis?’:

http://origin.who.int/features/qa/76/en/

Link to MMWR article on worldwide access to treatment for Hepatitis B virus infection:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6728a2.htm?s_cid=mm6728a2_w

Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis A (reviewed July 2017):

http://origin.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs328/en/

Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis B (reviewed July 2017):

http://origin.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs204/en/

Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis C (updated April 2018):

http://origin.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/

Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis D (reviewed July 2017):

http://origin.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/hepatitis-d/en/

Link to WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis E (reviewed July 2017):

http://origin.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs280/en/

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