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.

Let’s get the news out about hepatitis C treatment: Access is up and cure rates are high

2017 has been a big year for hepatitis C.

New treatments were approved that can cure over 95 per cent of people who take them for eight to 12 weeks with few side effects. One of these medications works against all strains of the hepatitis C virus, providing more treatment options for people with any genotype.

A new deal has improved access to many of these new medications in some parts of Canada. Some provinces have committed to no treatment access restrictions by 2018. Read more...

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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 in Canada - Infographic Poster
Public Health Agency of Canada

This infographic poster provides information on the hepatitis C virus infection in Canada. Please note that this infographic is based on 2015 data provided by the provinces and territories in Canada as part of the Canadian Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System and selected research findings to complement the surveillance information.

Hepatitis C: Are You at Risk?
Public Health Agency of 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.