July 28th is recognised across the globe as World Hepatitis Day (WHD).
World Hepatitis Day is one of only a handful of ‘World Health Days’ that are officially recognised by the World Health Organization. Over 400 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B or C. Every year, 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis. With better awareness, understanding and management many of these deaths can be prevented.
In May 2016, the World Health Assembly adopted the first ever Global Strategy for viral hepatitis which commits all countries to working towards the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
To support the Global Strategy, the World Hepatitis Alliance will be launching NOhep on World Hepatitis Day 2016. NOhep is a global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis; it provides a platform for people to come together and take action to ensure global commitments are met and viral hepatitis is eliminated by 2030.
For further information go tohttp://www.worldhepatitisday.org/
World Hepatitis Day in Australia is coordinated nationally by Hepatitis Australia and rolled out at local level by Hepatitis Australia member and partner organisations.
Australia is leading the way for a NOhep future. The focus for Word Hepatitis Day in Australia is treatment; an important step on the road to elimination of viral hepatitis.
Effective viral hepatitis treatments are available in Australia. We encourage all Australians living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C to speak to their doctor about treatment options or call the national hepatitis info line 1800 437 222 for more information.
Prevention is better than cure, which is why as First Aiders it is always a good idea to have a pair of gloves on us at all times, to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases when providing First Aid Assistance.