World Hepatitis Day 2021

On 28 July 2021, 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.

2021 theme - Hepatitis Can't Wait

With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis – we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis.

  • People living with viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing
  • People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life saving treatments
  • Expectant mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment
  • Newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination
  • People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination
  • Community organisations can’t wait for greater investment
  • Decision makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.

Online Impact

United under the ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’ theme, the World Health Organization, governments, civil society, people with lived experience and others came together and made an incredible impact online and in their communities.

Thousands pointed at the time to let the world know they can’t wait for hepatitis elimination and the #WorldHepatitisDay hashtag reached half a BILLION people with life-saving messages about viral hepatitis!

Global news and announcements

Regional activity reports - World Hepatitis Alliance members