The third annual World Hepatitis Day will take place on Wednesday 19 May 2010, as part of an ongoing campaign launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008. An entirely patient-led initiative, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as well as extend the political support for the diseases to levels seen in HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The long-term objective of the World Hepatitis Day campaign is to prevent new infections and to deliver real improvements in health outcomes for the more than 500 million people living with hepatitis B and C.
This year’s motto is “This is hepatitis…” Hepatitis B and C patients from all over the globe will tell their stories on the World Hepatitis Alliance website. The personal reports highlight how hepatitis B and C are not just a health problem, but how they impact every aspect of people’s lives. The personal accounts show that hepatitis B and C respect no borders. They can affect anyone, regardless of life-style, age, gender, social status or nationality. 500 million is not just a statistic: There is a face and a personal fate behind every single one of them.
In addition to the central activites by World Hepatitis Alliance, there will be national activities all over the world: World Hepatitis Day is supported by 280 patient groups from more than 60 countries across the globe. In Europe alone, numerous countries that they will support World Hepatitis Day: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Simultaneously to World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Assembly by WHO will discuss a Resolution on Viral Hepatitis. If this Resolution should be adopted, this would provide a real chance of tackling viral hepatitis with dedicated funds and resources to improve awareness, prevention, treatment, care and support across the globe.
Please visit the World Hepatitis Alliance website for more information.