World Hepatitis Day 2013
The Canadian Society for International Health has begun planning for World Hepatitis Day in Canada 2013! If you would like to join the 2013 Planning Committee, please contact Alison Marshall at email@example.com.
What is World Hepatitis Day?
World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that brings attention to chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and stands in solidarity with persons who have hepatitis B or C, two forms of life-threatening liver disease. Approximately 500 million people – one in 12 worldwide – are infected with viral hepatitis B or C. In Canada, an estimated 550,000 people have viral hepatitis, with many unaware of their status.
Know Your Status? Get Tested.
Many persons with viral hepatitis experience no obvious symptoms until serious liver damage has occurred. In fact, in Canada, about 1 in 5 people with Hepatitis C do not know they have Hepatitis C. If left untreated, viral hepatitis can lead to severe damage to the liver, liver cancer, and the need for a liver transplant.
This is why it is important to get tested for viral hepatitis. We want to help prevent the transmission of viral hepatitis, and we want people who have viral hepatitis to get treatment.
To help spread the word, the WHD Committee has decided on the following slogan for World Hepatitis Day this year: Know your status? Get tested
World Hepatitis Day in Canada 2012
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the 2012 Planning Committee for their involvement in a successful World Hepatitis Day Canada 2012!
Over 30 events took place across Canada, from Halifax to Whitehorse, to mark World Hepatitis Day 2012! The events
helped bring awareness to viral hepatitis and in some cases onsite testing and vaccination were provided. World Hepatitis Day Canada promotional items, which were designed and developed by members of the 2012 Planning Committee, were distributed across the country. World Hepatitis Day was also accompanied by the World Hepatitis Day National Poster Contest, the winners of which can be viewed on this site.
If you would like to be a part of the 2013 Planning Committee or if you are holding a World Hepatitis Day 2013 event, we would like to hear from you! Please send photos, videos, and articles about your event for posting onto this website. For more information, please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refer to this website for ongoing updates on World Hepatitis Day events and check out World Hepatitis Alliance at www.worldhepatitisalliance.org for more information on hepatitis.
We hope to have your continued participation and support.
Janet Hatcher Roberts
Executive Director, Canadian Society for International Health
Chairperson, World Hepatitis Day in Canada Planning Committee