WHO global health days

Prevent hepatitis: Act Now

A child from Haiti.
WHO/PAHO/H. Ruiz

The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is "Prevent hepatitis. Act now". Viral hepatitis is caused by 5 distinct hepatitis viruses. Infection from these viruses results in approximately 1.45 million deaths each year. These viruses are transmitted through contaminated water and food, as well as by contact with blood or bodily fluids, through unsafe injections or transfusions. Infection also occurs from a mother to a child, or through sexual contact. Infection through all these routes of transmission can be prevented through proven and effective interventions. It is important for everyone to be aware of hepatitis and to learn how they can protect themselves from being infected.

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1.45 million1.45 million deaths from viral hepatitis each year.

Fact sheet on hepatitis A

81%81% of world’s infants vaccinated and protected from hepatitis B infection.

Fact sheet on hepatitis B

2 millionNumber of hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections occurring yearly through unsafe injections.

Fact sheet on hepatitis C