World Hepatitis Day round up

Zoe Smith
29 July 2013

Sunday 28 July was a key day in the hepatitis calendar with individuals, communities and organisations across Europe running events and activities to raise awareness about hepatitis.  The flurry of conversation, reports, breaking news, tweets and Facebook posts, just served to show that there is too much to say in just one day! celebrated its first World Hepatitis Day by reporting on the very latest news, streaming up to the minute news from other credible sources, as well as highlighting some of the main activities of our partner, ELPA’s, members.

Here is a quick round up of some of the exciting World Hepatitis Day activities:

The World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA)

With a Guinness World Record attempt and monkeys travelling all over the world, the WHA invited everyone to join their mass awareness campaign. They focused on two themes:

Have a look at the monkey’s journey, they’ve even become film-stars just for World Hepatitis Day.

The campaign gives international focus for groups and organisations around the world who can join in, help raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

European Liver Patients Association (ELPA)

ELPA’s special focus this year was on Croatia to mark their accession to the European Union on the 1st July.

Other ELPA members held their own events, disseminated flyers and helped break (hopefully!) the WHA’s World Record attempt.  Check out ,LIDPA's (Lithuanian Infectious Diseases Patients Association)  ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ gathering in Vilnius.

ELPA also created their own three monkey’s animation that can be subtitled in a range of languages and broadcast across a variety of media.'s editors' picks from other sources:

As a first World Hepatitis Day for this new site, we were keen to ensure we kept up with the buzz of news reports and latest developments. As well as reporting on the latest information releases in our own news section,  our editors selected the most relevant and reliable news reports to stream on the site, making sure you can quickly and easily access all of the latest information on hepatitis in one place.  Here are just a selection:

Head of UN drug agency calls for prevention, fair access to treatment on World Hepatitis Day:

Hepatitis treatment debuts on WHO Model Essential Medicines List 

To End Hepatitis C, Patients Must Come Before Profit

The HIV and HepC mix

Database of organistions working in hepatitis

The WHO report, released prior to World Hepatits Day,  shows that now, more than ever before, there is a pressing need for professionals from a range of agencies to have a comprehensive understanding of hepatitis and to work together to make sure it is on the national agenda of countries across Europe. has a searchable database of organisations working in hepatitis across Europe. Keep the momentum of World Hepatitis Day going use the database to link in and get to know all of those working in hepatitis near you.

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