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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is annually held on July 28 to promote awareness of hepatitis, a disease that affects the liver.

Hepatitis vaccine form with travel document
One way of preventing hepatitis is to get a vaccine against the disease before travelling
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What Do People Do

Organizations such as the United Nations and the World Hepatitis Alliance work with individuals and community groups to promote awareness raising campaigns worldwide about hepatitis. Information about World Hepatitis Day is usually distributed via social media, newspapers, posters, and through the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Background

Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver and can be caused by different things. One of the most common causes of chronic (long-term) hepatitis is viral infection. According to the World Hepatitis Alliance, about 500 million people are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C and 1 in 3 people have been exposed to one or both viruses.

The World Hepatitis Alliance first launched World Hepatitis Day in 2008. Following on, the UN declared official recognition of this event in 2010.

Symbols

There is a different theme for World Hepatitis Day each year. Past themes included “Get tested” and “This is hepatitis”.

World Hepatitis Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuJul 282011World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
SatJul 282012World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
SunJul 282013World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
MonJul 282014World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
TueJul 282015World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
ThuJul 282016World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
FriJul 282017World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
SatJul 282018World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
SunJul 282019World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance
TueJul 282020World Hepatitis DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 every year to raise awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention and treatment.

World Hepatitis Day 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

World Hepatitis Day 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
World Hepatitis DayEnglish
Día Mundial contra la HepatitisSpanish
עולם יום הפטיטיסHebrew
اليوم العالمي لالتهاب الكبد الوبائيArabic
세계 간염의 날Korean
Welt-Hepatitis-TagGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on July 28, 2016

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