18 June 2014 -- Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. Hepatitis remains largely ignored or unknown. In April this year, WHO issued new recommendations on treatment of hepatitis C. In May, World Health Assembly delegates from 194 Member States adopted a resolution to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of viral hepatitis. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2014, WHO and partners urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to "think again" about this silent killer.
240 millionpeople are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus.Fact sheet on hepatitis B
150 millionpeople are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus.Fact sheet on hepatitis C
20% Hepatitis E can induce a mortality rate of 20% among pregnant women in their third trimester.Fact sheet on hepatitis E
The World Hepatitis Day campaign materials were developed to aid local organizations and individuals adapt global materials for campaigns. The posters and other visual materials can be downloaded or customized and edited in different languages.
Countdown to World Hepatitis Day: 28th July 2014
World Hepatitis Day in the WHO regions
Thunderclap Hepatitis: Think Again
Goal: 100 supporters on 28 July 2014