World Hepatitis Day
On July 28th, people around the world mark World Hepatitis Day in an effort to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and the global effort to eliminate it.
Each year WHO elects a key theme to be highlighted, in which steps are required to achieve the 2030 global targets. This year's theme is
Hep Can't Wait.
People living with viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing
People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life saving treatments
People living with hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination
Experiences living with Hepatitis
This year's theme for World Hepatitis Day is Hep Can’t Wait.
In line with this theme, we are highlighting the voices and stories of diverse folks in the community across the nation with the key messages they would like to share with Canadians.
History: World Hepatitis Day
In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) made World Hepatitis Day one of only 4 official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th of July. Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.
World Hepatitis Alliance
The World Hepatitis Alliance is a leader that facilitates the global response and provides materials to mark World Hepatitis Day annually. CSIH works closely with the Alliance to coordinate the World Hepatitis Day Campaign in Canada, working in partnership with numerous organizations across Canada to enhance the collective efforts to eradicate hepatitis.
What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection, that can cause a range of health problems and can be fatal.
There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.