It has become a bit of a norm to address hepatitis as a silent killer. However, when you look at the numbers, it sounds a little ludicrous to dub hepatitis as silent. The killer disease might be covert in its method of killing, but it certainly is not an enemy that picks and chooses its moments. No, the curse of hepatitis doesn’t make any discrimination. It is a threat that no one is immune from. However, if one is careful and adopts certain preventive measures, avoiding hepatitis is not impossible. To raise awareness about those preventive measures, world hepatitis day is celebrated every year. In this brief, we are going to highlight the importance of world hepatitis day by discussing everything that you should know about this day.
Hepatitis: A Recap
Before we jump into the details of world hepatitis day, it makes sense to recap the disease itself. Well, hepatitis is characterized by liver inflammation. The etiology of the disease is mostly viral, however, other factors can contribute to the disease as well. These include secondary reasons like alcohol, drugs, and in rare cases, autoimmune hepatitis. Let us recall the critical role of the liver in our body. Apart from its key function of bile production, the liver is also responsible for the filtration of toxins and the synthesis of blood proteins like albumin. The liver’s functions are not the subject matter of this discussion, but they give an idea about how things would be if the liver stopped working normally. So, you can realize why hepatitis is such a big problem!
World Hepatitis Day
It has been celebrated for the last two decades or so! We know this is news to many of you. But the fact that world hepatitis day is one of the only eleven official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization gives a fair idea of the severity of the issue. This day is celebrated on the 28th of July every year to raise awareness about the hepatitis pandemic at the global level. Highlighting the deadliness of all variants of hepatitis, whether it is A, B, C, D or E is the key objective of this day. Mobilizing action at both the national and international level is one of the key strategies in eliminating hepatitis from our beautiful world. World hepatitis day urges both individuals and states to be a part of that action.
Aims & Objectives of World Hepatitis Day
When we use the term raising awareness, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are talking about making speeches on a microphone all the time. Certainly, preaching preventive measures is one of dealing with the curse that hepatitis is. However, there are certain other objectives of celebrating world hepatitis day as well. For example, challenging the discriminatory barriers faced by the victims of this viral disease is also an important step in the fight against hepatitis. Similarly, celebrating and reinforcing any small wins made in this battle is also important to boost the morale of those who have been impacted by viral hepatitis. At an administrative level, devising a national agenda of events and activities that can prove helpful in the elimination of virus for once and all is quite important as well.
How Can You Participate In World Hepatitis Day?
There are several ways in which you can show solidarity with millions of patients suffering from hepatitis worldwide. For starters, talking more and more about world hepatitis day and its particular theme for that year. Hepatitis cannot wait is the theme for this year, so talking about this angle of the disease is something that you can consider. Engaging your friends, family, and acquaintances both offline and online is one way of raising awareness about hepatitis. Learning more about the current research in the field of hepatitis is another great way of celebrating this day. But if you want to make a real difference in a hepatitis patient’s life, donating as much as you can towards their treatment is one way of creating that positive difference. Look for a local or global NGO that is fighting for underprivileged hepatitis patients. One such option that you can consider is Transparent Hands. The organization takes special interest in the treatment of hepatitis C patients, the variant that has affected the Pakistani population the most. It is estimated that on average, nearly 400 people lose their lives to this deadly disorder daily in Pakistan.
Let us familiarize you with the work that Transparent Hands has been doing in Pakistan briefly in the following lines of this discussion.
Help Hepatitis C Patients via Transparent Hands
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
Conclusion – World Hepatitis Day
That would be all from this discussion. We wish we could go on a bit more in this discussion, and talk more vociferously about the individual steps that need to be taken for the prevention of this deadly disease, both at the individual and administrative levels. Unfortunately, we have run out of the space and time we had for this discussion. But we are sure that you have learned something if not everything new about the ways to fight the hepatitis epidemic. It is on this optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this space!