World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis. Hepatitis is a disease which results to an inflammation of the liver and causative agents are categorized into: infectious and non-infectious agents. A group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
World Hepatitis Day 2020 Theme – “Hepatitis Free Future“
Infectious agents are particularly responsible for high mortality rates globally and the hepatitis B and C viruses are majorly responsible for this. About 325 million people are living with either hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) and this should be of a concern to everyone. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.34 million people every year. Hepatitis causes liver diseases and can also kill a person.
World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO’s Global hepatitis report of 2017. The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.
This World Hepatitis Day, together let’s take action & raise awareness to “Find The Missing Millions” & eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. Lets raise awareness about it.
Each year, around 1 million Indians are at risk of contracting Hepatitis B. A 2014 report by the National Centre for Disease Control said that about 1 lac of them die from the infection. The medicine for hepatitis B – ‘Entecavir’ – is currently the most expensive medicine in the world. But the patent on it expired in February 2015. Hence, India can now mass-produce this drug at Rs. 2,200 for an entire year’s course. That said, the bill could still run up, given the long treatment period. There could also be surgeries and hospitalization costs in case of complications, which could become quite expensive.
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World Hepatitis Day History
The inaugural International Hepatitis C Awareness day, coordinated by various European and Middle Eastern Patient Groups and Baby Muriel, took place on October 1, 2004, However many patient groups continued to mark ‘hepatitis day’ on disparate dates. For this reason in 2008, the World Hepatitis Alliance in collaboration with patient groups declared May 19 the first global World Hepatitis Day.
The idea of Hepatitis day originated in Cuttack, Odisha. As mentioned by Blumberg himself in his autobiography,Professor SP Singh, Head of the dept of Gastroenterology, SCB Cuttack proposed to celebrate Hepatitis day in the institute on 28th of July. Following the adoption of a resolution during the 63rd World Health Assembly in May 2010, World Hepatitis Day was given global endorsement as the primary focus for national and international awareness-raising efforts and the date was changed to July 28 (in honour of Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus, who celebrates his birthday on that date). The resolution resolves that “28 July shall be designated as World Hepatitis Day in order to provide an opportunity for education and greater understanding of viral hepatitis as a global public health problem, and to stimulate the strengthening of preventive and control measures of this disease in Member States.”
World Hepatitis Day is now recognised in over 100 countries each year through events such as free screenings, poster campaigns, demonstrations, concerts, talk shows, flash mobs and vaccination drives, amongst many others. Each year a report is published by the WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance detailing all the events across the world.