World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that each year provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. It is an opportunity around which interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

The World Hepatitis Alliance first launched World Hepatitis Day in 2008, and since then thousands of events have taken place around the world, generating massive public and media interest. The Alliance has also received support from governments worldwide, high-profile Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and supranational bodies, such as Médecins Sans Frontières.

Following the World Health Assembly in May 2010, it was agreed that World Hepatitis Day would be recognised annually on 28 July.

Refer to the World Hepatitis Alliance at www.worldhepatitisalliance.org  for ongoing updates on World Hepatitis Day and their dedicated 2019 World Hepatitis Day website.

We urge everyone to learn about the risk factors involved in hepatitis B and C and the need for testing if they think they might have been infected. To find out more about hepatitis, please visit: CATIE

It’s estimated that 1 out of 100 Canadians have had hepatitis C in their lifetime, and many are unaware they have it.Canada is one of 194 countries that have signed on to the World Health Organization’s Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, committing to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030.

Action Hepatitis Canada (formely known as Canadian Coalition of Organizations Responding to Hepatitis B and C) advocates for a national strategy to be created and implemented. To learn more about the Coalition and its actions, please visit the web site www.actionhepatitiscanada.ca