World Hepatitis Day, observed on the 28th of July, serves as a crucial opportunity to strengthen national and global efforts in combatting hepatitis. The day aims to encourage individuals, partners, and the public to take action and engage in activities that raise awareness about the disease. It also highlights the urgent need for a more robust global response, as emphasized in the WHO’s Global Hepatitis Report of 2017.
The significance of this date stems from its association with the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who made groundbreaking discoveries related to hepatitis B virus (HBV). His contributions include developing a diagnostic test and a vaccine for the virus.One of the most critical challenges to address in achieving the global elimination goals for hepatitis by 2030 is the low coverage of testing and treatment. Without adequate detection and care, the disease continues to have devastating consequences on individuals and communities worldwide.It is essential to understand that hepatitis is a silent threat.
Symptoms often manifest only in advanced stages of the disease. While there are multiple types of hepatitis viruses (A to E), hepatitis B and C are particularly concerning as they cause nearly 8000 new infections daily, most of which go undetected.This results in a staggering number of deaths, with over one million hepatitis-related deaths occurring every year, and one new chronic infection emerging every ten seconds. This is why maintaining liver health is fundamental to overall human well-being.The good news is that many hepatitis-related deaths can be prevented. Effective vaccines and treatments exist for hepatitis B, and there is even a cure for hepatitis C.
By taking necessary precautions and seeking appropriate medical care, individuals can protect themselves and their loved ones from the devastating impact of hepatitis. Remember, you only have one life and one liver; let’s work together to combat hepatitis and safeguard our health.
And from Delta Medical, we, along with our partners, will make every effort to ensure that modern medicines for this disease are accessible in all countries where we operate.