On 28 July 2016, patients, governments, organisations and many others participated the most successful World Hepatitis Day (WHD) to date, with 174 countries taking part and 106 national governments commemorating the day.
One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), WHD helps raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and helps influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care.
Under the theme of ‘NOhep – Eliminate Hepatitis’ over 1,100 events were held worldwide, which included screening and vaccination drives, public seminars, press briefings, marches, health fairs as well as more unusual events such as awareness-raising pop songs and the illumination of well-known landmarks.
The elimination theme was chosen as theme to coincide with the adoption of WHO’s global strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
Under the theme of elimination, NOhep, a grassroots movement initiated by WHA, was launched on WHD to mobilise individuals and organisations to take action to ensure global commitments are met and viral hepatitis is eliminated by 2030. NOhep was launched in 77 countries on WHD, resulting in over 1000 people signing up from over 100 countries. Watch a short video to find out more about the development of NOhep and its global launch here.
Find out more about the impact of the global awareness day and in-country activities in the World Hepatitis Day 2016 Global Summary Report here.