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Hepatitis day

19 may

World Hepatitis Day 2011

The World Hepatitis Alliance leads the campaign for the World Hepatitis Day on the 19th of May each year, to create awareness of the dangers of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and also to encourage, testing, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Statistics reveal that nearly one in twelve people around the world have either hepatitis B or C and if the infection is not managed on time it leads to cirrhosis of liver, liver cancer and even failure of the liver.  The World Hepatitis Day is completely a patient led campaign and alsoaims to secure political support for its activities to minimize new infections and improve health care for people already suffering fromthe infection.
World Hepatitis Day
Viral hepatitis is caused by avirus, Hepatitis A, B, C, D or E, that results in the inflammation of the liver.  Hepatitis A is the mildest of the other forms and does notresult in long-term or fatal effects. Vaccine for Hepatitis A does exist and should be taken as a preventive measure.
Hepatitis B is caused by the HBV virus and is by far the most dangerous of the group, but a vaccine for it does exist.
Hepatitis C caused by the HCV virus is also dangerous,affects nearly 200 million people world wide and the WHO has given it an ‘epidemic’ status.  No vaccineis available for Hepatitis C, D or E.
World Hepatitis Day 2010
The third global World Hepatitis Day was held on 19th May 2010 supported by 28 patient groups in 68 countries.  Working closely with WHO, a report titled ‘Viral Hepatitis Global Policy’ was published.  A World Hepatitis Day music album was launched.  More than 575events were held including television advertisements and billboards across major countries were put up.
The 2010 slogan was ‘This isHepatitis’ a continuum from the 2009 campaign of ‘Am I Number 12’, which indicates that one in every twelve people are infected by Hepatitis B or C.  The emphasis in 2010 is to increase awareness and the impact of the disease.  The activities took the form of interactive talks, seminars, awebsite and a blog as well ascampaign materials like 21 posters, 10 postcard and web banners in 12 languages.  The efforts resulted in major policy changes in nearly all countries regarding the Hepatitis infections and a commitment to increase the access of the ailing to better healthcare and vaccinations for others.

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