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.
If you would like to be a part of the 2018 Planning Committee or if you would like to hold a World Hepatitis Day 2018 event, the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), the leading organization for World Hepatitis Day in Canada, would like to hear from you! For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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 Day Canadian Microsite (www.whdcanada.org) for ongoing updates on World Hepatitis Day events and check out World Hepatitis Alliance at www.worldhepatitisalliance.org for more information on hepatitis.
Get your city to proclaim July 28 Hepatitis Awareness Day! Here are examples:
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, including a list of the activities which occured or continue to be planned across Canada to mark this day and to help raise awareness, please visit:
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
Bilingual PDF Version of ACHIEVING ELIMINATION OF HEPATITIS C IN CANADA
‘Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action‘ provides a global vision for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis and outlines four axes for action for regions and countries to develop effective strategies and plans according to their specific hepatitis burden and challenges.
The launch of the framework comes two years after the agreement of a historic World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on viral hepatitis (WHA63.18) which for the first time described what is expected of governments to deliver improvements in awareness, surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis.
“Viral time bomb: Health and human rights challenges in addressing hepatitis C in Canada” (Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network et al, 2008).
CBC video and article about Hepatitis C in baby boomers
Globe and Mail article about baby boomers needing to get tested.
Canadian liver specialists have recommended the development of a national strategy to screen baby boomers for hepatitis C in a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.