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World Hepatitis Day 2022

26 Jul 2022

World Hepatitis Day takes place on 28 July each year to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence change.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, usually caused by a viral infection. Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are the five main types of hepatitis viruses. These five types cause the most illness and deaths and have the greatest potential to cause outbreaks of disease.

  • More than 350 million people live with viral hepatitis
  • Every 30 seconds, a person dies from a hepatitis-related illness
  • Every hepatitis-related death is preventable thanks to existing services to prevent, test and treat hepatitis
  • 9 in 10 people don’t even know they are living with hepatitis

The theme for the 2022 global campaign is 'I can’t wait' which aims to:

  • highlight the social unfairness caused by the current lack of global action to end hepatitis
  • speed up the fight to meet goals to eliminate hepatitis by 2030
  • provide equal access to testing and treatment for those that need it
  • allow the voices of people affected by hepatitis to be heard
  • end the stigma and discrimination associated with hepatitis

See the World Hepatitis Alliance website for further information on how you can get involved with the World Hepatitis Day 2022 campaign.

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