World Hepatitis Day
Every year on July 28th, we celebrate World Hepatitis Day in honor of Dr. Baruch Blumberg’s birthday. Dr. Blumberg discovered the hepatitis B virus in 1967 and subsequently developed the hepatitis B vaccine two years later in 1969. We commemorate World Hepatitis Day by raising awareness about viral hepatitis. With almost 300 million individuals living with hepatitis B worldwide, it is so important to bring awareness to this preventable and treatable disease. If you can support our efforts to bring awareness and find a cure, please donate here.
This year we echo the World Hepatitis Alliance in their call to action, "We can't wait for a world without hepatitis. #ICantWait" You can read more about their campaign here.
For our part we are focusing on hepatitis B storytellers.
Join us on July 28 at 10:30 a.m. EDT for a facebook live with three of our #justB storytellers here.
And get to know our new #BtheVoice storytellers right now! We have new #BtheVoice videos from real patients living in Nigeria. These audio recordings were captured by Catherine Freeland, MPH, Program Director of Public Health at the Hepatitis B Foundation during a recent trip to Nigeria where she helped to bring awareness to mother-to-child transmission and the need for timely birth dose.
We believe that elevating the voices of those who have hepatitis B is the best way to spread awareness for the need to find a cure, provide screening and treatment and work to fight stigma and discrimination.
Hear these moving stories here:
Sonia: #ICantWait to vaccinate my baby.
Ismail: #ICantWait for a world without stigma.
John: #ICantWait to get treated for hepatitis B.
Gold: #ICantWait to tell my friends to get tested and vaccinated.
Dayo's Story: #ICantWait to get tested.
You can help support programs like #BtheVoice and other outreach projects as well as work toward a cure with a donation here.