World Hepatitis Day - 28 July
Every year, on the 28th July, the World Hepatitis Day is highlighted by the World Health Organisation and partners across the globe to urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to act to prevent infection and death from viral hepatitis.
World Hepatitis Day also highlights the urgent need to meet the target to eliminate viral hepatitis B and C by 2030 as a threat to public health. The Victorian strategies for viral hepatitis 2016 – 2020 lay the foundation for this achievement.
Across the country and globally we need to continue to raise awareness and reduce the stigma and discrimination of the condition which affects close to 500,000 Australians.
Hepatitis Victoria works with a range of partners to host events for a wide range of audiences as part of the LIVERability Festival, including events for the general public, researchers, scientists and clinicians and “at risk communities” where the prevalence of viral hepatitis is high.
**The date of 28 July was chosen for World Hepatitis Day (WHD) in honour of the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus and developer of the first hepatitis B vaccine based on research of the Australia antigen.
WHD is one of only seven health days acknowledged by the World Health Organisation each year.
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