World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28th July of every year. The day is marked by World Health Organization to raise the awareness of viral hepatitis and to reduce the deaths from Hepatitis.

A Silent Killer Hepatitis: 95% of Infected People Do Not Know That Are At Risk

Do you know which disease leads to a maximum number of deaths in the world?

I guess most of you will be shocked to know that it is HEPATITIS. Yes, with approximately 1.4 million deaths every year, hepatitis stands first leaving behind other communicable diseases like HIV/AID, and Tuberculosis.

The World Health Organization (WHO) marked 28th July as the World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness in all the countries about the deadly viral Hepatitis. Hepatitis day is marked to reduce the deaths and infection rate.

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According to the reports of the United Nations‘ top Health agency, WHO reported that globally 400 million people are affected by viral hepatitis. And with the growing impact, above six to ten million inhabitants are being infected every year.

Around 95 percent of infected people in the world do not know that they are infected with Hepatitis B or C. World. And above 90 percent people with Hepatitis C can be completely cured in just three to six months.

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WHO which is concerned with the public health urges all the countries to raise the awareness to combat the viral Hepatitis. The Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan said, “The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril.” “It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other communicable diseases like HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis,” she added.

What exactly is viral Hepatitis? How does it affect the Infected Person?

Hepatitis is the virus that causes infection and inflammation of the liver in the Human body. The disease is a silent killer that affects the liver without any symptom. A variety of reasons is observed in the case of hepatitis that makes it either acute or a chronic health challenge. Diagnosing the disease which is caused mainly due to the infected blood through unsafe injections is tough.

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So, the Genova-based World Health Organization on the annually observed World Hepatitis Day goes with the global campaigning theme-“Know Hepatitis-Act Now.” The theme is to eliminate the Hepatitis B or C by encouraging people to test and to reach the 95 percent infected people who do not know they are infected with the disease.

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Recently, on 25th July WHO with its partner, Social Entrepreneurship for sexual health launched “HepTestContest,” a global contest to disclose how testing guidelines could change into real action. “We needed examples of innovations and best practices to help guide and inspire others,” said Philippa Easterbrook, co-led of WHO Global Hepatitis Programme.

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WHO stated that the programme received 64 contributions from 27 countries. WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly in the month of May 2016 – called for treating eight million people for hepatitis B or C by 2020, to reduce new infections by 90 percent, and to cut down the death rate by 65 percent in 2030. The targets are part of the first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis.

“Know Hepatitis-Act Now”- 28th July World Hepatitis Day


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