Hepatitis – one of the very common names one can hear these days. People suffering from Hepatitis are increasing each year. It is a major concern in third world counties where people do not have access to clean drinking water. Moreover, poor hygienic conditions cause high risk for contracting the disease. Today, on 28 July, which is observed as a World Hepatitis Day, our team decided to raise about this medical sickness so as to aware more and more people about it. The fundamentals we are going to cover in our blog post includes What is Hepatitis, Facts related to Hepatitis, World Hepatitis Day 2019 Theme, various Hepatitis day campaigns around the globe and how to contribute for people suffering from this illness.
We are gonna define it in a very simple language so as to make everyone have a better idea. Hepatitis is a condition where an inflammation of the liver occurs. Although there can be a number of possible causes about which we will discuss later in the post but the common cause is a viral infection. With the purpose to aware the world about Types of Hepatitis, various causes, symptoms, diagnosis, proper treatments, ways to prevent hepatitis and various other complications related to this medical illness, World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed every year on 28 July .
This day brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness for viral hepatitis and to influence real change. Each year comes with a theme that reflects the focus for the particular year.
Finding the Missing millions – World Hepatitis Day 2019 theme
Facts about Hepatitis
Here are some of the facts about this deadly infection that shows it comes under the main concerns in many countries with poor sanitation facilities and unclean drinking water.
- Due to various types of hepatitis all together there occur 1.34 million deaths a year
- 2 in every 3 patients die due to liver cancer
- As many as more than 200 million people living with viral hepatitis are unaware due to lack of knowledge about it.
World Hepatitis Day Celebration
To raise awareness for this one of the biggest global health threats of our time, we can see a lot of participation from each and every country around the globe. Wide range of activities and campaigns takes place in schools, offices, clinics, public spaces, etc. Most common activities held during this day
- Essay writing competitions on Hepatitis,
- Speech competitions related to the subject,
- setting up free blood tests,
- donation for organizations that support the treatment of patients suffering from Hepatitis,
- vaccination stalls,
- TV talk shows,
- discussions, and lot more.
Such activities when getting media coverages or shred on social media such as facebook, twitter, and Instagram by the audience who participate help reach a much wider audience. It is really exciting and new learning experience to participate in such activities. It is also a great way to inspire others to come forward and do something for the cause.
Hepatitis Day theme list
Each year, the theme is chosen as the primary topic of discussion and is the main focus to raise awareness about. The topics chosen are non-repetitive and this way people learn something new every time. Here is the list of the theme of the current year plus themes from previous years.
- The theme of 2018 was “Test. Treat. Hepatitis.”
- Hepatitis day 2017 theme was “Eliminate hepatitis,”
- The idea for the 2019 World Hepatitis Day is “Find The Missing Millions.”