World Hepatitis Day 2020: Hepatitis - a virus we can eliminate
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) on 28 July is one of only nine International Health days highlighted by the World Health Organisation and partners across the globe.
- WHD highlights the urgent action needed by governments, health and community workers and the public to prevent deaths from viral hepatitis through eliminating hepatitis B and C by 2030.
- 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, 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.