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World Hepatitis Awareness Day

World Hepatitis Awareness Day 2006, observed on Sunday October 1, has been designated by hepatitis patient associations around the world as a day on which to raise awareness about hepatitis and demand action to curb the spread of the disease and treat people who are infected.

Around the world almost 600 million people are infected with either hepatitis B or C. Both forms of viral hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplantation and yet both can often be treated effectively, and in many cases, even cured.

Only by talking openly about the disease and by encouraging people who might be at risk to Get Tested can we begin to tackle this global problem.

This year Sir Bob Geldof, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the European Liver Patients Association and international patient organisations are working together to raise awareness about hepatitis B and C. On September 26, 2006, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe hosted leaders in hepatitis healthcare at a global media event at their Copenhagen-based headquarters. The event was a tremendous success with 35 journalists in attendance from all over the world.

More information about World Hepatitis Awareness Day can be found at:

World Hepatitis Awareness Day Themes

  • 2004: You Have Company
  • 2005: Make Hepatitis C a Priority Today
  • 2006: Get Tested

Links for Additional Information

  • Guide to hepatitis websites
  • European Liver Patients Association
  • World Hepatitis Awareness Day
  • Hepatitis C Awareness Day
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