World Hepatitis Day, which falls on 28 July 2020, is an annual event organised by the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), which raises awareness of the global burden of hepatitis.
There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common cause of deaths, with 1.3 million lives lost each year. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, viral hepatitis continues to claim thousands of lives every day.
‘Find the missing millions’ is a three-year global awareness-raising and advocacy campaign, aimed at tackling the main barriers to diagnosis. For 2020, the WHO is focusing on a ‘hepatitis-free future’, with a strong emphasis on preventing hepatitis B among mothers and newborns. To coincide with World Hepatitis Day, the WHO will publish new recommendations on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
Further advice relating to hepatitis can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.