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JULY 28: WORLD HEPATITIS DAY


The 28th of July every year is a day chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) to increase more awareness both internationally and nationally about the need to eliminate all types of hepatitis causing deaths of people across the world.


The date, 28th of July was chosen as the World Hepatitis Day because it marks the birthday of Dr Baruch Blumberg, the Nobel-prize winning scientist who discovered Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). He is also being celebrated for his efforts in developing a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.


Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and it has various types which include Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. The hepatitis infection can be caused by a viral infection; it can be auto-immune which means it occurs as a result of antibodies made by the body against the liver tissue. It can also be caused as a result of medications, toxins and alcohol.


The purpose of the World Hepatitis Day is to combat the common problem of low coverage of testing for the Hepatitis Infection and also the treatment of the different types of hepatitis. The World Health Organization is working towards a total elimination of Hepatitis to be achieved in the year 2030.


The Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc)is commuted to to a safer, peaceful and more secured society and therefore joins the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) to request all individuals, partners and the general public to put more concern on the test and treatment of Hepatitis.