World Hepatitis Day 2015
The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day on July 28th 2015 is “Prevent hepatitis. Act now.” In the Western Pacific Region, viral hepatitis is labelled the ‘silent epidemic’ though is responsible for more deaths than that from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Viral hepatitis can be effectively prevented through a combination of interventions, including hepatitis B immunization. New antivirals are effective at treating chronic hepatitis B and C infections and preventing liver cancer, but remain unaffordable and inaccessible to most people living with these infections Western Pacific. These proven interventions save lives.
WHD 2015 campaign materials
World Hepatitis Day 2015 campaign materials were developed to aid local organizations and individuals adapt global materials for campaigns, including key messages. The annual campaign, marked on 28 July, aims not only to raise awareness among the general public and infected patients, but also to urgently promote improved access to hepatitis services, particularly prevention interventions, by policymakers. The posters and other visual materials can be downloaded or customized and edited in different languages.
Do your part to prevent hepatitis
MANILA, 24 July 2015 – Nearly 40% of global deaths attributable to viral hepatitis occur in the Western Pacific, more than the combined death toll from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. To mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region urges policy-makers, health workers and the public to take action to stop infection and death from hepatitis B and C.
Dr Zhang*, a village doctor in Henan province in central China, knows first-hand how destructive hepatitis can be. His father died of liver cancer, most likely caused by undiagnosed hepatitis. Dr Zhang himself was born before hepatitis B vaccination was widely available and was not immunized against hepatitis B – either at birth or as a child. He went on to develop a serious hepatitis B-related illness as an adult.
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC)
- VIDRL at the Doherty Inititute
- Asian Liver Center, Stanford University
- Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL)
- Asia and Pacific Alliance to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis (APAVH)
- Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP)
- World Hepatitis Alliance
- ZeShan Foundation