World Hepatitis Day 2020
On 28 July 2020, individuals, organisations and governments around the world celebrated the tenth official World Hepatitis Day (WHD), which is one of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) seven officially-mandated global public health days.
No one should have to live with viral hepatitis without knowing.
Yet, globally more than 290 million men, women and children do. Unless there is a massive scale-up in screening, diagnosis and linkage to care, more people will become infected and lives will continue to be lost.
The Find the Missing Millions campaign – a three-year global awareness-raising and advocacy campaign aimed at tackling the main barriers to diagnosis by putting civil society organisations and the affected community at the heart of the solution – was launched on WHD 2018. Now in its third and final year, the campaign is used in countries around the world to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, to influence national testing policies, and to increase diagnosis rates.
In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the global hepatitis community united with policymakers, medical professionals and the general public to reach hundreds of millions of people with life-saving information about viral hepatitis.
Below are some of the key online achievements from World Hepatitis Day:
- The official #WorldHepatitisDay hashtag achieved more than half a billion impressions on Twitter alone!
- World Hepatitis Day trended on social media worldwide as well as nationally in 15 countries.
- 3,000 people and organisations from more than 100 countries signed the NOhep movement’s open letter urging governments worldwide to prioritise hepatitis elimination.
- The first-ever World Hepatitis Day virtual video relay passed through 37 countries, marking the start of World Hepatitis Day from New Zealand all the way to Hawai’i.
Each year on World Hepatitis Day, organisations and governments around the world make announcements and commitments to accelerate efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis. In spite of COVID-19, a number of major announcements were still made on WHD 2020.Click here to view a summary of news and announcements
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s theme for World Hepatitis Day 2020 was “Hepatitis Free Future”, with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B among mothers and newborns.
You can find out more about the campaign by clicking here.
On World Hepatitis Day, WHO released new recommendations on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B. View the recommendations by clicking here.