World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is an annual event that brings attention to chronic viral hepatitis worldwide, promoting prevention and treatment, and standing in solidarity with persons affected by hepatitis.
The event was formally established in 2010 when the World Health Organization, along with the World Hepatitis Alliance, made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on July 28. Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.
World Hepatitis Day Canada 2016
This year, over 100 World Hepatitis Day (WHD) events took place across Canada. The main goal of WHD Canada is to promote access to prevention, testing and treatment for people affected by hepatitis. This year’s campaign message was ‘Know Your Status? Get Tested – Learn Your Options’.
The inaugural Parliamentary Breakfast, co-hosted with the office of the Honorable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, launched the WHD campaign in Canada. The Breakfast provided a unique opportunity to engage decision makers, public health professionals, community based organizations and the general public and to make the elimination of viral hepatitis our next greatest achievement.
More than 65 organizations in Canada took an active role in WHD Canada 2016. From coast to coast, WHD Canada events included health fairs, travelling road shows, free barbeques, guest speakers such as Members of Parliament, WHD Mayoral Proclamations, workshops, presentations, pancake breakfasts, information booths/displays, entertainment, activities for youth such as poster contests and henna tattooing, raffles, carnivals and games. Many of the events included testing and vaccination for hepatitis as well as 1-on-1 professional consultations with health care providers, which were made possible through the fruitful collaboration between organizations and Provincial/Territorial health units. For more information about WHD 2016 events in Canada please visit https://whdcanada.org/events/
Additionally, several national landmarks were illuminated to mark WHD in Canada for 2016. Niagara Falls was lit in green on July 28th from both the American and Canadian sides to support the campaign. The light green color is part of the new global ‘NOhep’ movement which was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) on July 28th (http://www.nohep.org/). Other illuminated landmarks include the Skylon tower, the town arches of Pelham, the CN Tower, Toronto Nathan Phillips Square sign and Toronto City Hall.
WHD Media Coverage
The media coverage for this year ‘s WHD Canada campaign reached millions of Canadians in both official languages. In total there were more than 50 articles published in both English and French. Please check the WHD News page for details. If we have missed any print, radio or TV media coverage and you would like to add it to the list, please email Ecaterina Damian email@example.com.
In addition to the extensive print, TV and radio coverage, WHD Canada 2016 was trending on social media as well. Please visit the Storify for the National WHD Canada events here and for the WHD Ottawa event here.
World Hepatitis Day Global
The World Hepatitis Alliance launched the NOhep movement on July 28th. The aim of the movement is to unite the global efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030, as set out in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy for Viral Hepatitis. World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to join millions around the world to make the elimination of viral hepatitis our next greatest achievement. For more information about the movement, please visit http://www.nohep.org/