Every year on July 28th, the world comes together under a unified theme for the World Depatitis Day to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to promote genuine change. ‘We’re not waiting.’ is the theme for 2023.
On World Hepatitis Day, July 28, we urge everyone worldwide to take action because Hepatitis Can’t Wait.
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is a day for the global hepatitis community to come together and speak out. It is a day to celebrate our accomplishments and to face our current challenges. It’s also a chance for us to raise awareness and advocate meaningful political change to help with prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Hepatitis claims more than a million lives each year. We’re not waiting for change; we’re fighting for it.
- People who are unknowingly infected with viral hepatitis cannot wait for testing.
- People suffering from hepatitis cannot afford to wait for life-saving therapies.
- Expectant mothers cannot afford to wait for hepatitis testing and treatment.
- Newborns cannot wait for the birth dose vaccine.
- People living with hepatitis cannot wait for stigma and discrimination to end.
- Community organizations cannot afford to wait for further investment.
- Decision-makers must act immediately to make hepatitis elimination a reality by marshaling political will and finance.
We’re not going to wait.
‘We’re not waiting’ is World Hepatitis Day 2023’s call to action. It’s a plea to expedite viral hepatitis elimination efforts right now, as well as the urgent need for diagnosis and treatment for the real individuals who need it. Individuals and communities all across the world are bringing about change in their own lives and in the world around them. We applaud them while calling for more action.
Take part in the battle! World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day 2023’s campaign theme is “We’re Not Waiting.” This will bring countries together to push for the acceleration of hepatitis elimination efforts and to recognize people who are already taking action in their own lives and communities. The campaign will also emphasize the social unfairness and disparity caused by the current lack of hepatitis eradication efforts, as well as the positive action required to get back on track to fulfill our 2030 elimination targets.