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One Life

One Liver

World Hepatitis Day 2023

28 July is World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO's Global hepatitis report of 2017.

The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus. 

Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.

One life, one liver

You’ve only got one life, and you’ve only got one liver. Hepatitis can devastate both.

Your liver silently performs over 500 vital functions every single day to keep you alive.

But viral hepatitis infection is also silent, with symptoms only appearing once the disease is advanced. Although there are many different types of hepatitis viruses (A to E), hepatitis B and C are the most concerning and cause nearly 8000 new infections every day, which are mostly going undetected.

The result? Over one million hepatitis-related deaths every single year – and one new chronic infection every ten seconds. And that’s why liver health is fundamental to human health.

So many hepatitis deaths could be prevented. Because there are vaccines and effective treatments for hepatitis B and even a cure for hepatitis C - you CAN protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

Speak to your local healthcare provider to find out how to protect yourself from hepatitis.

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