World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed every year on 28th of July. On this day efforts are made to raise awareness of the different types of viral hepatitis under one theme. World Hepatitis Day is also one of the four disease-specific global awareness days which are officially endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO). This day aims at making significant change in the healthcare field by uniting patient organizations, medical professionals, governments and general public and spread awareness of viral hepatitis. This day is an opportunity to boost the efforts of WHO’s strategy to help countries eliminate hepatitis.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are a group of infectious diseases that affect millions of people around the world. These can cause both chronic and acute liver disease. As per WHO data approximately 325 million people in the world are living with chronic Hepatitis B or chronic Hepatitis C. In 2015, 1.34 million people lost their lives to viral hepatitis. This number is as many as deaths caused by HIV, malaria or tuberculosis.
What makes viral hepatitis a truly worldwide epidemic is that is it not found in a particular location or a particular set of people. In fact, many people get affected with viral hepatitis without any cognizance about it. In today’s scenario around 90% or people with hepatitis B and 80% with hepatitis C are unaware of their status. This negligence can turn fatal for their lives and such people may also end up transmitting the infection unknowingly.
There are effective treatments and vaccines available for eliminating the viral hepatitis, however, better understanding and awareness of this disease and potential risk is an essential requirement so as to provide effective treatment. Although hepatitis medication is available in brick and mortar as well as online pharmacy, it is crucial to spread awareness about the disease. Also, online prescription drugs are the safest way to buy medicines from online pharmacies.
Now viral hepatitis is included in the Sustainable Development Goals after the signing up of more than 160 global leaders to protect the planet. As a result, WHO has drafted the Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy with ambitious targets which, if achieved, will reduce the number of deaths by 65% and increase treatment rates from 1% to 80%.
Thus, World Hepatitis Day is an ideal opportunity for us to come together and raise awareness about viral hepatitis among people.