July 24, 2020
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on July 28, bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Together, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C cause two in every three liver cancer deaths across the world.
Viral hepatitis is not found in one location nor amongst one set of people; it is a truly global epidemic that can affect millions of people without them even being aware. Globally, 90% of people living with hepatitis B and 80% living with hepatitis C are unaware they are living with the disease, resulting in the real possibility of developing fatal liver disease or liver cancer at some point in their lives and in some cases, unknowingly transmitting the infection to others. Without a massive scale-up in diagnosis, treatment rates will fall, infection rates will rise and our opportunity to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030 will be lost.
On July 28, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will stand with our global partners in a call to action to join the quest in finding the missing millions. The Health Unit supports the following initiatives;
- Know the facts (general public and health care provider education)
- Get tested – check out this link to our clinics
- Distribution of single use substance using equipment
- Prevention of health care acquired infections through infection prevention and control measures
- Increase access to low barrier and low cost treatment medicines
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