World Hepatitis Day, 28th July 2020

World Hepatitis Day, 28th July 2020

Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the liver. This condition is usually caused by a viral infection or liver damage as a result of alcohol consumption.

World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on 28th July annually on 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.

There are several different types of hepatitis. Some types will pass without any serious problems; others can be long-lasting (chronic) and cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), loss of liver function and, in some cases, liver cancer.

With the theme: “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) encourages that all global events and activities aim to achieve the following objectives :

  • Support scale-up of hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment and care services, with specific focus on promoting WHO testing and treatment recommendations;
  • Showcase best practices and promote universal health coverage of hepatitis services; and 
  • Improve partnerships and funding in the fight against viral hepatitis

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