World Hepatitis Day


What is World Hepatitis Day?

World Hepatitis Day is an international event focused on raising awareness about viral hepatitis and influencing real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

The first World Hepatitis Day was held in 2008. In July 2010, the World Health Organization endorsed July 28th as an official global health awareness day in honor of hepatitis. The World Hepatitis Alliance coordinates World Hepatitis Day internationally.

Today, about 500 million people worldwide – one in 12 – are living with chronic viral hepatitis B or hepatitis C. In Canada, an estimated 600,000 people have viral hepatitis, with many unaware of their status.

Service providers: Guiding people on the hepatitis C journey

We are in an exciting era with hepatitis C (HCV), with treatments that can cure over 90 per cent of people with few side effects in about three months.

However, for many people accessing the full continuum of services for their care can seem unclear and difficult. They need more information about, and a greater understanding of, access to testing services and linkage to care, including these new treatment options.

At every stage of the HCV journey service providers can walk alongside people and offer support. Read more...

Please feel free to republish the article in your organization’s print or electronic publication, or link directly to it on our site.

Also read CATIE’s World Hepatitis Day commentary, sent to newspapers to increase public awareness.

World Hepatitis Day in Canada

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) coordinates World Hepatitis Day activities in Canada. Visit World Hepatitis Day Canada.

Hepatitis C Screening & Testing Quick Reference Guide – Canadian Liver Foundation

Achieving Elimination of Hepatitis C in Canada

Hepatitis C Key Messages

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Hepatitis C in Canada

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Resources available from the CATIE Ordering Centre

World Hepatitis Day Suggested Resources – recommended educational resources to develop your own campaign activities

CATIE has developed two new brochures about hepatitis C. Order copies for your clients:

A brief history of hepatitis C: 1989 – 2016

A timeline highlighting milestones in the history of hepatitis C.