World Hepatitis Day 2020








UMdL participates at World Hepatitis Day 2020 “FIND THE MISSING MILLIONS” on July 28th organized by World Hepatitis Alliance, NOhep, and sustained by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Also this year, the main theme of the Day is “Eliminate hepatitis” and “Hepatitis free-future” according to the target 3.3 at Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.).
The Campaign is focused on all the people that are living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C without knowing as showed in the main page of the World Hepatitis Day.

Here the official film of the Worl Hepatitis Day.

A recent global survey investigated and showed the current barriers to hepatitis diagnosis around the World: White Paper – Overcoming the barriers to diagnosis: The role of the affected community and civil society in finding the missing millions.
During the previous years the WHO have published the last Guidelines for the care and treatment of  people diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection.

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Viral Hepatitis Data

Global and European updated data about hepatitis B and C are available from the official WHO webpages. (1,2,3,4,5)
Interventions of “micro-elimination” of the diseases on specific populations seem to be promising at local level (6) but groups of people at risk still suffer of logisitcs, organizational, and cultural lacks. (7)
Other European epidemiological data 2018 are avialable at Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: from 30 countries the total number of Hepatitis B cases was 24,034 people (an incidence of 6.0 cases each 100,000 inhabitants) with 51% chronic cases; from 29 countries the total number of Hepatitis C cases was 37,427  with a 26% of all with a chronic infection (1,2).
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation realized a new webisite about hepatitis global and national prevalence trends. (3,8)

Trends, Hepatitis C Prevalence Number in Italy, All ages, Male_Female, 1990 - 2017Trends, Hepatitis B Prevalence Number in Italy, All ages, Male_Female, 1990 - 2017
In Italy 2017 data showed that hepatitis C cases (40% from genotype 1b) are 1,396,002.3 (1.1% of worldwide cases); 1,154,261.4 prevalence cases of HBV. A lot of infected people are still unaware about the status in our country.(9,10)

After 4 years, NOhep online activities have reached a lot of people (patients, health professionals, civil society, common people, …); there is also an ongoing development of the Campaign about Viral Hepatitis Elimination (take action for support Campaign).

The NOhep main motto is “Make the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis Our Next Greatest Achievement”.
Below the NOhep video “Make the elimination of viral hepatitis our next greatest achievemement“, Italian subs are provided by UMdL.
Updating medicina del lavoro participated with a poster at World Hepatitis Summit 2017 in São Paulo (Brazil) (11) on hepatitis prevention and management among different groups of workers.

Special attention is necessary in this time of emegency due to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (

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[1] European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Hepatitis B. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2018. Stockholm: ECDC; 2020.

[2] European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Hepatitis C. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2018. Stockholm: ECDC; 2020.

[3] IHME – Hepatitis facts.  Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

[4] WHO- Fact Sheets – Hepatitis C World Health Organization.

[5] WHO- Fact Sheets – Hepatitis B World Health Organization.

[6] Lazarus JV, Safreed-Harmon K, Thursz MR, et al. The micro-elimination approach to eliminating hepatitis C:  strategic and operational considerations. Seminars in Liver Disease, July 2018.

[7] ELPA news – Highest-risk groups left behind in pursuit of viral hepatitis C elimination in Europe. European Living Patient Association. 27 July 2018.

[8] IHME – Hepatitis trends – Italy.  Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. accessed 27 July 2019.

[9] CDA Foundation and its Polaris Observatory. Hepatitis B and C diagnosis rates in 2017. Lafayette, CO:CDA Foundation,2017.

[10] Blach, Sarah et al. Global prevalence and genotype distribution of hepatitis C virus infection in 2015: a modelling study The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology , Volume 2 , Issue 3 , 161 – 176.

[11] Posters – World Hepatitis Summit 2017- Sao Paulo, Brazil.

[12] World Hepatitis Alliance – COVID-19 – Information for people living with viral hepatitis – accessed 27 July 2020.


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Link at past World Hepatitis Day

Last updated 07/28/2020

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