World Hepatitis Day

Hi Readers!

Every year, on July 28th, World Hepatitis Day is observed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis.

To learn more about Hepatitis, please read last year’s article for all the facts and figures. This year’s theme is Hepatitis Can’t Wait. 

What are the key messages of the Hepatitis Can’t Wait campaign?

Messages for the public:
  • People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life saving treatments. 
  • Hepatitis B testing and treatment for pregnant women can’t wait. We can prevent transmission from mothers to their babies.
  • Newborn babies can’t wait for their hepatitis B vaccination at birth.
  • People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to be protected against stigma and discrimination.
  • Community organisations can’t wait for greater investment.
  • Decision makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.
Messages for policy makers:
  • Integration of viral hepatitis elimination with other health services can’t wait.
  • Funding hepatitis care can’t wait
  • Triple elimination of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, hepatitis and syphilis can’t wait
  • Validating hepatitis elimination efforts in countries can’t wait.
  • Universal health coverage for all people with hepatitis can’t wait. Starting now means saving lives.
Messages for National leaders:
  • Setting national hepatitis elimination targets can’t wait. A world without viral hepatitis by 2030 starts with your country.
  • Caring for the most vulnerable people with hepatitis can’t wait. Be it young people who inject drugs, some people are more exposed and at risk – their lives matter. 
  • Scaling up of essential hepatitis services can’t wait.
  • Engaging communities in hepatitis services can’t wait.
  • Decision makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.

You can visit the WHO website to take part the campaign.

Be kind to one another,

Julia, Sexologist

 

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