NoHep 2019: A global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030
28 July, 2019
NOhep was born on World Hepatitis Day 2016 when 194 countries agreed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) elimination targets, which include a 90% reduction of new hepatitis B and C infections and a 65% reduction in hepatitis B and C related mortality by 2030.
For the first time since the hepatitis viruses were discovered, there is a real possibility of living in a world without viral hepatitis now that we have preventative vaccines for hepatitis B and a highly-effective cure for hepatitis C. However, without unified global action and political will, we will miss our chance to eliminate a global killer by 2030. NOhep has been developed to raise global awareness of the disease and to unify all stakeholders to accelerate progress towards eliminating viral hepatitis.
We could not be more excited to celebrate our second birthday this World Hepatitis Day (WHD) on Sunday 28 July, 2018. It’s been another great year and as a movement is only a movement if people are behind it, we want to thank each one of you who have contributed to its success so far.
To mark WHD, we’ve been raising awareness of diagnosis rates around the world to help find the missing millions. To get involved and show your support include the #NOhep and #WorldHepatitisDay hashtags in your social media posts
The National Wellbeing Service Ltd Perspective
The Director of the National Wellbeing Service Ltd is Prof Stephen Palmer PhD, a Vice President and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. He is a NOhep Medical Professional Visionary.
Professor Palmer said, ‘Hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death around the world. Viral hepatitis accounts for 1.34 million deaths per year. These deaths are preventable. The public may not realise that two thirds of all liver cancer deaths are caused by hepatitis B and C. Worldwide, 23% of new hepatitis C infections are a result of injecting drugs. Many deaths through hepatitis are preventable. Globally, only 9% of those with hepatitis B and 20% of people living with hepatitis C are aware of their condition. This is not good enough. Our task is to educate, actively encourage vaccination and treatment. Get involved and join the NOhep movement.’
For further information about Hepatitis, please visit the NOhep website.