Held on July 28, it is an opportunity to step up the international fight against hepatitis, encourage action and participation by people, partners and the public, and emphasize the need for a greater global response.
July 28 was chosen as the day of the birth of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, the Nobel Prize laureate, who discovered the hepatitis B virus and invented a diagnostic test and vaccine.
Low coverage of diagnostic tests and treatment is the most important problem to be solved to achieve the global phase-out goals by 2030.
WHO calls on all countries to collaborate to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health problem by 2030.
PROTECT infants from infection. All newborns should be vaccinated against hepatitis B at birth and subsequently receive at least 2 additional doses
STOP transmission from MOTHER to SON. All pregnant women should have routine tests for hepatitis B, HIV infection, and syphilis and receive the necessary treatment.
DO NOT LEAVE ANYONE BACK. Everyone should have access to prevention, testing and treatment services, including people who inject drugs, prisoners, migrants and the most affected population groups.
EXPAND access to testing and treatment. Timely testing and treatment can prevent liver cancer and other serious liver diseases.
MAINTAIN essential hepatitis services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prevention and treatment services are essential even during the COVID-19 pandemic
July 28, 2020
It is celebrated every July 28 to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, which inflames the liver and causes diseases such as liver cancer.
There are five main strains of viruses that cause hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the leading cause of death, with 1.4 million deaths a year. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, viral hepatitis continues to kill thousands of people every day.
This year’s theme, “For a future without hepatitis,” focuses on the prevention of hepatitis B in mothers and newborns. On July 28, the WHO will publish new recommendations to prevent mother-to-child transmission of this virus. There is a safe and effective vaccine to prevent this infection in neonates.
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