Although the world is currently still struggling to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember other widespread diseases impacting individuals globally. On July 28th, 2021, people all over the globe will be recognizing World Hepatitis Day. The event which takes place on the same date every year is held with the hope of raising awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and aimed at influencing real change.
The 2021 theme is “Hepatitis Can’t Wait” – focusing on the fact that:
- People living with viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing.
- People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life saving treatments.
- Expectant mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment.
- Newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination.
- People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination.
- Community organizations can’t wait for greater investment.
- Decision makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.
Every 30 seconds someone dies from a hepatitis related illness. At present, there are an estimated 290 million people living with viral hepatitis that don’t even know it. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and mortality rates will be high.
Hepatitis is ultimately an inflammation of the liver. Because the liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections, any time that the liver becomes inflamed or damaged, its function can be severely impacted. The most common types of viral hepatitis include – hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. (Source: CDC)
People living without access to vaccines and/or in unsanitary conditions are at highest risk.
Key Facts (Source: CDC):
|Hepatitis A||Hepatitis B||Hepatitis C|
World Forgotten Children Foundation (WFCF) focuses much of its energy on supporting communities in need in underdeveloped regions. Understanding that communities at the highest risk for viral hepatitis are those where vaccines are limited and sanitation is poor, it’s important that funds be raised for initiatives that can aid in these areas. To donate to WFCF’s various causes, please access the donation page.