World Hepatitis Day falls on 28th July every year and is a day that is observed to raise awareness about Hepatitis. Only by raising awareness about this viral infection can we all aim to eliminate the public threat and this is what World Hepatitis Days’ main goal is. Hepatitis is basically a group of infections or infectious diseases which are also known as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E. Besides raising awareness, World Hepatitis Day is also meant to encourage the disease’s prevention, diagnosis and the treatment.
It is a fact that Hepatitis kills about 1.4 million people around the world every year and affects hundreds of millions across the globe. Out of the eight official global public health campaigns recognised by the World Health Organization or WHO, World Hepatitis Day is one of the most important ones. Every year, the day follows a new theme which comes along with its own unique slogan, purpose and thought. The following are some of the themes that have been followed in the last few years:
2011: Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere. Know it confront it
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: prevent hepatitis: it’s up to you
World Hepatitis Day is basically an opportunity for all of us to focus on several serious matters and also to take rigid actions. The first and most basic goal of the day is to raise awareness amongst people about the different types of Hepatitis infections that affect humans. One must also know how each of these infections is spread so that their prevention can be made easy. The day also aims to spread awareness about the various methods of screening and control of the viral infection and also of the other diseases that are closely related or linked to it. Another action that is aimed to be taken through this day is to increase Hepatitis B vaccine coverage as well as its integration into national immunization initiatives.
What is important to note is that this day is now recognised and observed by over 100 countries every year. Some of the ways in which it is observed are posted campaigns, concerts, free screenings, demonstrations, flash mobs, talk shows and vaccination campaigns. After the day is over, a report is published by the World Health organization and this report lists the details of the event and the progress made.
One thing to note about this day is that in the year 2012, a Guinness World Record was made in which about 12588 people from over 20 countries conducted the three wise monkeys actions on this day to mark the ignorance of the disease. What makes this day even more important to us is the fact that if the disease is left untreated, especially Hepatitis of the kind B and C then it can lead to scarring of the liver and further complications. Therefore it is important to take part in the movement as much as possible and see to it that it is eliminated.