World Hepatitis Day: 28 July

World Hepatitis Day: 28 July

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed on 28 July every year. It aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection.

There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

Chronic hepatitis B and C are life-threatening infectious diseases that cause serious liver damage, cancer, and premature death.


Each year focuses on a specific theme.

Year Theme
2019 Find the Missing Millions
2018 Test. Treat. Hepatitis
2017 Eliminate Hepatitis
2016 Know Hepatitis-Act now
2015 Prevention of viral Hepatitis. Act now
2014 Hepatitis: Think Again
2013 More must be done to stop this silent killer
2012 It’s closer than you think
2011 Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere. Know it. Confront it. Confront her

World Hepatitis Day Website