World Hepatitis Day 2018: Raise Awareness of Viral Hepatitis
World Hepatitis day is observed on 28th July every year to eliminate the virus of hepatitis. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, 325 million people are living with chronic Hepatitis B and C. Viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015. Deaths from Hepatitis are increasing every year whereas Tuberculosis and HIV have observed lesser deaths.
The theme for World Hepatitis Day in 2018 is to Eliminate Hepatitis and Finding the Missing Millions. World Hepatitis Day is themed around creating more awareness programmes for the people who are living with Hepatitis unknowingly. There are around 290 million Hepatitis victims who are unaware about their disease. In acute phase, it does not come with alarming signs and grows in chronic disease.
Though, the researchers have come up vaccines to eliminate Hepatitis Virus and it is not a far goal to be achieved. But, the question of ‘how to achieve this target’ remains constant. What are the possible steps to eliminate hepatitis globally? No, it is not based on one region; it is a global epidemic threat.
What we can do to eliminate Hepatitis Virus?
Hepatitis B and C are chronic diseases that are life threatening, the target to Find The Missing Millions could only be achieved with massive screening of people. Reaching to treatment is possible only when we have the data of people to be treated. We can influence people to go through medical screening and observe their conditions and severity of disease.
The World Hepatitis Alliance’s (WHA) global campaign – Find the Missing Millions – is a three-year global awareness-raising and advocacy campaign aimed at tackling the main barriers to diagnosis by putting civil society organizations and the affected community at the heart of the solution.
Did you know that more than half a million people die from the complications of Hepatitis B infection?
Spread awareness around you about hepatitis infection this World Hepatitis Day. Take a step forward to save lives. Take proper medication if you are infected with Hepatitis Virus.