World Hepatitis Day takes place yearly on July 28th worldwide. In 2010, the World Health Organisation declared this event as being one of the four official disease-specific world health days to be celebrated each year.
The theme of this year’s global campaign is elimination. The World Health Organisation and the World Hepatitis Alliance have set ambitious targets and goals to eliminate hepatitis as a public threat by the year 2030.
In order to make the elimination of hepatitis a reality and to elevate the theme of this year’s campaign, the movement Nohep will be launched to encourage people to come together and speak out about the disease in order to raise awareness and educate others.
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of the five hepatitis diseases; hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. All of these viruses cause short term, or acute infection. However, some variations of the disease can cause long-term infections which may lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.
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