World Hepatitis Day 2018 “New opportunities and challenges in the elimination of viral hepatitis in the ACT”

World Hepatitis Day takes place every year on 28 July, with the aim of bringing the world together under one single theme in order to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and the impact it has worldwide. The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2018 is “Eliminate Hepatitis”.

Hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus are the leading cause of liver cancer in the world, yet more than 80% of those affected with viral hepatitis are unaware of their status. Viral hepatitis does not restrict itself to one specific region There are many effective vaccines and treatments available for hepatitis B and new treatments for hepatitis C and eliminating viral hepatitis is highly achievable. According to the World Health Organisation’s Global Strategy of Viral Hepatitis, the goal is to do so by 2030.

The question is, how? There are 325 million people that are living with viral hepatitis in the world, yet up to 290 million of these are unaware that they have it. In recognition of this, The World Hepatitis Alliance are launching a campaign in association with World Hepatitis Day, which aims to focus on ‘finding the missing millions’. The three-year awareness campaign aims to educate, influence national screening policies and encourage more people to get tested with the hope of finding the missing millions and reducing further spread of the viruses. To accompany the campaign, a white paper is being written to provide stakeholders with information on how to reach the goal, or people, but is found worldwide making it a global epidemic.

This year to mark World Hepatitis Day , Hepatitis ACT is inviting you to join us for a reflection of the current evidence, perspectives of people living with viral hepatitis, exploration of new community based models and a lively discussion about the future pathways at our event ‘New Opportunities and Challenges in the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis in the ACT’ .

DATE: Friday, 27 July 2018
TIME: 10am to 12.30 pm. A light lunch will be provided
Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601
RSVP: By COB Monday 20 July by phone 62306344 or via email (info@hepatitisact.com.au)