World Hepatitis Day 2016: Know Hepatitis-Act Now

Commemorating the World Hepatitis Day 2016, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India is organizing a global event at Mumbai on 28 July 2016 to raise awareness about hepatitis among general public as well as health care providers and policy makers at the highest level.

The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is ‘Know Hepatitis-Act Now’.

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.

The World Hepatitis Day event at Mumbai will be attended by the Union Health Minister, Union Health Secretary and senior officials of the Health Ministry. Also attending will be Health Ministers, Health Secretaries, Water and Sanitation Secretaries of the state governments. The Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, Director of HIV and Hepatitis from WHO HQ Geneva, WHO Representative to India, Director - Communicable Diseases, SEARO and hepatitis experts, will also be present on the occasion.

Also joining the event will be Mr Amitabh Bachchan. Stakeholders from the academia, clinicians, public health experts, civil society and partner agencies will be attending the World Hepatitis Day event.

As a part of the World Hepatitis Day event, a technical consultation is also being organized to deliberate on the various aspects of hepatitis and understand the global strategy for hepatitis prevention and treatment. Experts from across the world will be at this important forum as will be senior WHO officials.