1. Home
  2. Blog

World Hepatitis Day 2023: One Life, One Liver

Every year, on 28 July, the world observes World Hepatitis Day, aiming to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and this year's theme is 'One Life, One Liver.'

Vivek Singh
(Image Courtesy: Pixabay)
(Image Courtesy: Pixabay)

World Hepatitis Day 2023 – a global observance dedicated to raising awareness about hepatitis and its impact on millions of lives worldwide. This significant day serves as a call to action to unite individuals, communities, and governments in the fight against this silent epidemic. World Hepatitis Day is observed every year on July 28th every year. The day provides an opportunity to educate people about the different types of hepatitis, the methods of transmission, and the measures that can be taken to prevent its spread.

World Hepatitis Day Theme 2023: One Life, One Liver

Every year, on 28 July, the world observes World Hepatitis Day, aiming to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and this year's World Hepatitis Day Theme 2023 is 'One Life, One Liver.' In life, we have only one chance, and our liver is a vital part of it, silently carrying out over 500 crucial functions every day to sustain our existence.

Unfortunately, viral hepatitis can wreak havoc on this essential organ. The infection remains silent, and symptoms often surface only when the disease has progressed significantly. Among the various hepatitis viruses (A to E), hepatitis B and C pose the most significant concerns, causing nearly 8000 new infections every day, many of which go undetected.

Tragically, over one million people die from hepatitis-related complications every year, with a new chronic infection emerging every ten seconds. This underscores the crucial role of liver health in maintaining overall well-being.

However, there is hope. Many hepatitis-related deaths can be prevented because vaccines exist for hepatitis B, and there are effective treatments for both hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C. By taking advantage of these preventive measures, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the devastating impact of hepatitis on this year’s World Hepatitis Day.

Main Objectives of World Hepatitis Day

  1. Raise Awareness: The day aims to increase public awareness about hepatitis and its consequences. Many people may not be aware of the different types of hepatitis, how it is transmitted, or the availability of vaccines and treatments.

  2. Advocate for Hepatitis Prevention: World Hepatitis Day advocates for the prevention of hepatitis by promoting safe practices, vaccinations (where available), and strategies to reduce the risk of transmission.

  3. Support those Affected: The day also seeks to offer support and understanding to those who are living with hepatitis, as well as their families and caregivers. Reducing the stigma associated with the disease is essential to improving the lives of those affected.

  4. Call for Action: World Hepatitis Day calls on governments, healthcare organizations, policymakers, and the public to take action in addressing the global burden of viral hepatitis. This includes increasing access to testing, treatment, and care and supporting research and prevention efforts.

  5. Work towards Elimination: One of the key long-term goals of World Hepatitis Day is to work towards the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat. This aligns with the World Health Organization's (WHO) global strategy to eliminate hepatitis as a major public health concern by 2030.

During World Hepatitis Day, various events, activities, and campaigns are organized worldwide to disseminate information about hepatitis, offer free screenings and vaccinations, and encourage people to take proactive steps towards prevention and treatment. It also serves as a time for policymakers and advocates to address the challenges and opportunities in the fight against hepatitis and to renew commitments towards achieving global elimination goals.

Treatments For Hepatitis B and C

Effective treatments are available for both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Here's a summary of the treatments available for each type:

  1. Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Antiviral Medications: Several antiviral medications are available to help control the replication of the hepatitis B virus in the body. These drugs can help slow down the progression of the disease and reduce the risk of liver damage and complications.

  • Interferon Therapy: Interferon is a type of immunotherapy that may be used in some cases, especially when antiviral medications are not suitable.

  1. Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Direct-Acting Antivirals (DAAs): DAAs are highly effective medications specifically designed to target and eliminate the hepatitis C virus from the body. They have revolutionized the treatment landscape for hepatitis C, offering high cure rates with minimal side effects.

  • Combination Therapies: Depending on the genotype (strain) of the hepatitis C virus, treatment may involve a combination of different DAAs to ensure optimal efficacy.

It's crucial to remember that early diagnosis and timely treatment play a significant role in improving outcomes for both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. If you suspect you may have been exposed to either virus or are experiencing any symptoms related to hepatitis, it's essential to seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional can conduct the necessary tests, provide an accurate diagnosis, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. So, let’s come together on World Hepatitis Day 2023 and raise awareness hepatitis and its impact.

Take this quiz on World Meteorological Day to check your knowledge about meteorology! Take a quiz
Share your comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter. You choose the topics of your interest and we'll send you handpicked news and latest updates based on your choice.

Subscribe Newsletters