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WHD 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 06:51
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Did You Know?
    * 500 million people worldwide are currently infected with hepatitis B or C
    * This is over 10 times the number infected with HIV/AIDS
    * Between them, hepatitis B and C kill 1.5 million people a year
    * One in every three people on the planet has been exposed to either or both viruses
    * Most of the 500 million infected do not know


World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day will be observed on Monday 19 May and marks a brand new, entirely patient-led initiative. The day has been launched in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis has nowhere near the level of awareness nor the political will to tackle it that is seen in HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. This is despite the fact that the numbers chronically infected with, and annually killed by, hepatitis B and C viruses are on the same scale.

World Hepatitis Alliance
World Hepatitis Day is being coordinated by the World Hepatitis Alliance, a newly established Non-Governmental Organisation which represents more than 200 hepatitis B and hepatitis C patient groups from around the world. The World Hepatitis Alliance is governed by a representative board of patient groups from seven world regions: Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, North America, South America, Australasia & Western Pacific. For more information visit www.worldhepatitisday.com



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