World hepatitis day “Hepatitis can’t wait” “World hepatitis day is an opportunity to highlight one of the world’s most pressing public health issues.
“Prevention is better than cure” with this very thought world hepatitis day is celebrated, that helps to remind us to stay aware and informed about the disease of hepatitis.
Officially endorsed by the world health organization (WHO), World hepatitis day is commemorated every year on July 28,the birthday of Nobel prize winning scientist, Dr. Baruch Blumberg (1925-2011), who discovered hepatitis B virus in 1967 and a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus. Which helps to enhance awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.
World hepatitis day is one of 11 official global public health campaigns marked by WHO
This year’s theme is “Hepatitis can’t wait”.
With a clear vision for elimination and we have the tools to do it. But we must accelerate progress to achieve our goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030.
With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness- even in the current covid-19 crisis- we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis. People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life saving treatments. People living with hepatitis can’t wait to end discrimination and stigma. People living with hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing.
Viral hepatitis slowly and silently degrades a person’s health, leading to liver cancer and cirrhosis, which result in 1.3 million deaths every year. Viral hepatitis is a major global health threat that affects hundreds of millions of people world-wide causing acute and chronic diseases. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – A,B,C,D and E. They all cause liver disease but differ in important ways like mode of transmission, severity of illness, geographical distribution and prevention methods. Altogether, hepatitis B and C are the most common, which result in 1.1 million deaths and 3 million new infections per year and killing close to 1.34 million people every year.
❖ But only 1 in 10 of those people have been tested and only 1 in 5 have received appropriate treatments.
● Hepatitis B occurs in nearly every part of the world but is more common in some countries in Asia,Africa,South America and the Caribbean.
● Hepatitis B is a ‘silent epidemic” because most people do not have symptoms,these people can unknowingly spread the virus to others and continue the silent spread of hepatitis B.
● Over90% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured of the virus within 3-6 months. ● 10% of people living with hepatitis B and 19% of people living with hepatitis C.
● 42% of children globally have access to the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine.
In 2020 in spite of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic ,the global hepatitis community united with policy makers , medical professionals and the general public to reach hundreds of millions of people with life-saving information about viral hepatitis. 2021 is no different ,we are still facing the difficult situation due to covid-19 ,so looking at the same initiative forward will ensure that no stones are left unturned in spreading awareness.
While testing and treatment are key to eliminating hepatitis, we also need a strong focus on prevention. Crucially , our effort to eliminate hepatitis must be embedded in our efforts to achieve a universal health system that enables people to access all the health services they need, without facing financial hardship. Let’s remember that eliminating viral hepatitis will prevent liver cancer and save lives. Please join in the mission to ensure access to testing and treatment for hepatitis for everyone and everywhere. Today I send my greeting to everyone marking world hepatitis day. I Thank you
About Author of World hepatitis day “Hepatitis can’t wait”
- ✍️ Miss -Isha Dhakal
- BNS specialized in oncology , BPKMCH
- Recommended Citation :Dhakal, I., 2021. HEPATITIS CAN’T WAIT | Isha Dhakal [online] Nepal Health Magazine. Available at: <https://nepalhealthmag.com/world-hepatitis-day-hepatitis-cant-wait-isha-dhakal/> [Accessed July 28 2021]
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