What can you do for World Hepatitis Day?
WHO’s regional and country offices are best placed to take the lead in engaging with partners and communities to raise awareness about hepatitis. Here are the actions that could enhance your plans for World Hepatitis Day 2017 and could be tailored to your region, country or community.
What you can do
1. Start now: initiate discussions with the focal point and other counterparts in the ministry of health
Encourage commemorating World Hepatitis Day 2017 under the theme: “Eliminate hepatitis”.
2. Hold an event
A high-profile event (e.g. sports activity, fun run/walk, concert, fundraiser) is the best way to rally national action by raising both political support and public awareness. Encourage the Ministry of Health (MOH) and/or the national hepatitis programme to organize such an event.
3. Engage health professionals and national stakeholders
Involving existing interest groups, such as doctors, nurses, patient groups and civil society, through a workshop is another great way to spread the word and mobilize action.
4. Engage media
A press conference or TV/radio programmes featuring the MOH leadership and national stakeholders are effective ways to raise publicity and visibility of viral hepatitis. You can use materials and messages from this website and also the Global hepatitis report 2017 (the links are below).
5. Organize a public event on hepatitis testing/treatment
Engaging high-level leaders, such as presidents, prime ministers, ministers, celebrities and high-profile artists to take public hepatitis tests can encourage people to step forward and get tested, and share information. People will get tested publicly, but their results are kept confidential unless they choose to disclose it themselves. This approach worked successfully for earlier campaigns against HIV/AIDS.
6. Share the communication materials
Share the materials prepared by WHO’s Global Hepatitis Programme and World Hepatitis Alliance (links are below) with the MOH focal points for adaptation/translation.
7. Join the social media campaigns
Joint the polaroid campaign "I am" by learning more from World Hepatitis Alliance #ShowYourFace (link is below). Tag #NoHep hashtag or twitter account @NoHep which is an overall grassroots movement to support the global elimination of hepatitis.
8. Promote WHO's injection safety campaign
On World Hepatitis Day, WHO launches new communication, awareness raising and educational tools on injection safety, which is a key factor in preventing the transmission of hepatitis and HIV. Download resources for health care workers, for patients and communities, and advocacy materials for stakeholders:
9. Use the country information to highlight progress and create momentum to "eliminate hepatitis"
If you are in one of the following 28 countries, use the country information to highlight progress and create greater momentum to "eliminate hepatitis": Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.
- World Hepatitis Alliance: 2017 campaign "Show Your Face"
- World Hepatitis Day 2017: Key messages
- Global hepatitis report, 2017
- Fact sheet on hepatitis B
- Fact sheet on hepatitis C
- WHO's work on hepatitis