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World Hepatitis Day 2019 will be held on Sunday July 28th. The day is a celebration of the progress that has been made in viral hepatitis elimination and a chance for the general public, the affected community, medical professionals and policy makers to come together to call for the elimination of this disease.

In 2016, every country in the world signed up to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030, currently only 12 countries are on track to do this. Viral hepatitis kills more than 1.34 million people each year, more than HIV/AIDs or Malaria yet there is a cure for hepatitis C and a vaccine and effective treatment for hepatitis B, the 4,000 deaths each day caused by viral hepatitis are preventable. Currently 290 million people live with viral hepatitis completely unaware, one of the key reasons for this is a lack of awareness about the disease. By covering World Hepatitis Day in the press you will help to highlight an under-reported global health crisis and help to save lives.

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