For many of
us in Europe who work in hepatitis, or are
patient advocates, World Hepatitis Day on 28 July offers an opportunity to get
people talking about hepatitis. This year’s theme is: This is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it.
Three wise monkeys
Hepatitis Alliance is co-ordinating a campaign known as ‘three wise monkeys’ or
‘See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil’. The idea behind the campaign is
that hepatitis is often ignored, and it’s important for people to open their
eyes and ears to it.
“Just as the Three Wise Monkeys
ignore the world around them, viral hepatitis has been wilfully ignored and
neglected on a global scale.” Charles Gore, President of the World Hepatitis Alliance.
The Alliance is asking that
people get involved in a couple of fun ways.
they are sending out sets of toy monkeys and asking people to take pictures of the
monkeys around the world, or of themselves performing the three wise monkey
actions, and to tweet their photos with the hashtag #seehearspeakno – the
pictures are then displayed in an online
gallery. You can see some examples below from Deutsche Leber Hilfe of the monkeys exploring Aachen, in Germany, and some photos from the Turkish Association for the Study of the Liver!
on World Hepatitis Day, the Alliance
is hoping to break its own Guinness world record! Last year, over 12,000 people
performed the three wise monkey actions on World Hepatitis Day – and they want
even more people to get involved this year. To be a part of the record attempt,
you need to get a group of at least 25 people together to perform the actions.
There is information
online if you want to arrange your own group, and the Alliance will also publish information about
planned events you can join. Why not use this as a way to get people talking
about hepatitis where you are?
Hepatitis Alliance has also put together campaign materials you can use, here: http://campaign-material.worldhepatitisalliance.org
posters and postcards are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Russian, Arabic and Chinese, with the message, “This is hepatitis. Know it.
customise these designs, using a tool on the website, by changing the images
and the text.
Get people talking
lots of ways you can raise awareness of hepatitis, by arranging or taking part
in an event, giving presentations, blogging, using social media, writing a
letter to a newspaper, and talking to friends and colleagues. The main thing is
to raise awareness of hepatitis, encouraging people to think about it and to be
love to hear about what you have planned for World Hepatitis Day. Let us know
For more information
Hepatitis Alliance is a global voice for the 500 million people worldwide
living with chronic viral hepatitis B or C, comprising over 160 member patient
groups. The Alliance
works to establish comprehensive hepatitis strategies in all countries, but
also strives to raise the profile of hepatitis. One of the ways they do this is
through co-ordinating World Hepatitis Day.
The aim for
2013 is to continue to raise awareness of chronic hepatitis B and C around the
globe and to drive policy change for improvements in health outcomes for people
living with hepatitis. Visit http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org
for more information.