World Hepatitis Day: World Hepatitis Day is commemorated every year on July 28 to create awareness among people about the Hepatitis disease. The hepatitis virus has five primary strains, called types A, B, C, D, and E.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), approximately 354 million people across the world are living with hepatitis B and C.
World Hepatitis Day 2022 Theme
World Hepatitis Day 2022 Theme is “Bringing Hepatitis care closer to you”.
World Hepatitis Day: History
The WHO launched this campaign with the motive to make the world free of hepatitis. The World Hepatitis Alliance was founded in 2007 and the first community-organized World Hepatitis Day was held in 2008.
American Physician Baruch Samuel Blumberg discovered the Hepatitis B virus in the year 1967. In order to honor the Nobel Prize-winning scientist his birthday, July 28, was chosen as World Hepatitis Day. Samuel Blumberg discovered Hepatitis B and invented tests and vaccination for the same.
World Hepatitis Day: Significance
The day is observed to spread awareness about the different forms of Hepatitis and how they get transmitted. The day also aims to improve the detection, and prevention of viral Hepatitis as well as related diseases.