Health Days 2018
World Hepatitis Day

​Introduction:

World Health Organization (WHO) has designated a global day of action to raise awareness about all types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D and E) and diseases caused by it. WHO also seeks to enhance people’s understanding of hepatitis, as it may bring serious consequences – may Allah forbid – such as fibrosis or liver cancer, turning it into a global health burden.

Key Facts:
  • ​The most common symptoms of all hepatitis types include jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), dark urine, nausea and vomiting.
  • Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A with a lifelong immunity.
  • The risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with a lack of safe water, poor sanitation and hygiene (such as dirty hands).
  • A person can get HDV only if he/she already has HBV.
  • HDV and HBV are transmitted through contact with various body fluids of an infected person.
  • HBV, HCV and HDV are transmitted through blood, sharing of unsterile sharps, unsafe injection, inadequate sterilization of medical equipment, as well as transfusion of blood and blood products.
  • HCV is not spread through breast milk, food, water or by casual contact and sharing food or drinks with an infected person.
  • To prevent HCV and HDV, take HAV and HBV vaccines.
Statistics:
11 countries carry almost 50% of the global burden of chronic hepatitis: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, and Vietnam.
17 countries have high prevalence and together with the above, account for 70% of the global burden: Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.

Official Date:
Globally: July 28th, 2018.
Locally: Dhu'l-Qi'dah 15th, 1439H.

World Day Theme:
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(Missing Millions)
Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”.

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