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

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  ( for ongoing updates on World Hepatitis Day events and check out World Hepatitis Alliance at for more information on hepatitis.

Get your city to proclaim July 28 Hepatitis Awareness Day! Here are examples:

City of Vancouver 2010 Proclamation

City of Toronto 2009 Proclamation  and 2011 Proclamation

City of Ottawa 2012 Proclamation

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


‘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.

Additional documents

Canadian Government Asks

Recommendations for Quebec decision makers (2012)

World Hepatitis Day 2008 Q & A

Viral time bomb: Health and human rights challenges in addressing hepatitis C in Canada” (Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network et al, 2008).

Recommendations for a Canadian Hepatitis C Strategy

63rd World Health Assembly resolution on viral hepatitis

CBC video and article about Hepatitis C in baby boomers

Globe and Mail article about baby boomers needing to get tested.

The Canadian Liver Foundation recommends that all adults born between 1945 and 1975 undergo a test for hepatitis C. Statement     Video

Canadian liver specialists call for a Hep C screening program for baby boomers
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.