Who, What, Where, When and How?
World Hepatitis Day is an annual event on the 28th July that provides international focus for patient groups and people living with viral hepatitis. It is an opportunity to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.
Listen to the World Hepatitis Day song, written by James Fung:
Who organises World Hepatitis Day?
World Hepatitis Day was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In May 2010 the World Health Assembly passed resolution WHA63.18 on viral hepatitis which provides official endorsement of World Hepatitis Day. Since 2010 World Hepatitis Day has been coordinated by the World Hepatitis Alliance in collaboration with the WHO.
What goes on?
Every year World Hepatitis Day gets bigger and bigger, with more countries and organisations taking part. Since its launch in 2008, thousands of events have taken place, from rock concerts and press briefings to ministerial meetings and fundraising events. In 2012 the World Hepatitis Alliance organised a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people performing the ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ actions within 24 hours. For more information about what’s going on this year and to get inspiration from previous events, visit our World Hepatitis Day 2013 and WHD archive pages.
Where is it?
World Hepatitis Day events take place all over the world. Contact us to find out details of events near you, or you could even set up an event of your own! We've got all the materials here online to help you get started, including posters, logos and flier designs.
When is World Hepatitis Day?
World Hepatitis Day is recognised every year on the 28th July. This date was chosen to mark the birthday of Professor Baruch Blumberg, awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in discovering the hepatitis B virus. He said: ‘It's good to know that my birthday will be remembered in this unusual and unexpected way. We never thought this would happen when we were studying a strange protein from Australia.’
How do I get involved?
Take a look at our World Hepatitis Day 2013 page to see what you can get involved with this year. You don’t have to be a member or even a patient; everyone is welcome to get involved. Feel free to get in touch with us for more information about events going on near you, or for support in setting up your own event.