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World Hepatitis Day - 28 July 2020

Please join us on World Hepatitis Day for the "APASL-WGO Virtual Summit", Tuesday, July 28th 2020 16:00-19:30 (IST, +5:30 GMT)

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Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions”.

What is World Hepatitis Day?

World Hepatitis Day is a World Health Organization (WHO) mandated global public awareness campaign. World Hepatitis Day is celebrated every 28 July to bring about the awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis, with the primary campaign goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030.

The theme for this year is “Eliminate Hepatitis” and the campaign for 2020 focuses on “Finding the Missing Millions”, a three-year global awareness-raising and advocacy campaign aimed at tackling the main barriers to diagnosis by putting civil society organizations and the affected community at the heart of the solution. All of which will contribute towards progressing WHO’s elimination target of a 30% diagnosis rate by 2030.

What is Viral Hepatitis?

“Acute viral hepatitis (AVH) is a systemic infection predominantly affecting the liver. It is most often caused by viruses that are hepatotropic (hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E) - Read more from the WGO Acute Viral Hepatitis Guideline.

Acute hepatitis can be caused by any of the viruses mentioned above, however in most cases by Hep A and E. Chronic Viral Hepatitis, which is by the bigger concern because it causes mortality, is caused by Hep B and C, and occasionally D which infects only people who have Hep B.

How Can YOU Contribute to the Goal of Eliminating Hepatitis By 2030?

World Hepatitis Day 2020 Campaign Toolkit

Download the World Hepatitis Day 2020 Campaign Toolkit, provided by the World Hepatitis Alliance, to find ideas on how you can participate in the World Hepatitis Day 2020 Campaign here!

World Hepatitis Day 2020 on Social Media

Use the following hashtags when posting about hepatitis on social media!

Also don't forget to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for information on where to find WGO resources in support of World Hepatitis Day!

COVID-19 - Resources for our Global Community

WGO continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19 and has developed and curated resources for our global community of Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, Endoscopists, related disciplines and healthcare workers.We invite you to share with us any resources or links you wish to have included on our website!

WGO Guidance for Patients with COVID-19 and Liver Disease
Cihan Yurdaydin, MD
Saeed Hamid, MD

COVID-19 Situation in the World and Particular Role of the WGO
Jean-Christophe Saurin, MD

Additional Links

WGO Training Centers

Since 2001, over 3,400 professionals have received training through the various educational programs offered at the WGO Training Centers. Located in developing countries throughout the world, each WGO Training Center provides trainees with the opportunity to enhance their skills and further their education in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, oncology, and GI surgery. Each Center offers comprehensive training, ranging from multi-day workshops on special topics to four-year sub-specialty internships that include theoretical courses and practical applications of techniques. The Training Centers promulgate locally relevant knowledge and develop appropriate skills among medical practitioners and health care workers from low-resource countries. Visit to discover each of our WGO Training Centers!

Attention WGO Training Centers! Are you planning an activity for World Hepatitis Day? Let us know and be featured in an upcoming issue of e-WGN! Email your event summary and photos to us at

Supporting WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades

The WGO Guidelines and Cascades library contains over 20 practice guidelines written from a global standpoint and published for viewing and download on the WGO website. Cascade-based guidelines offer various treatment options for diagnosis and treatment depending on the resources available in different parts of the world. The six supporting WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades listed below are available in different languages and focus on hepatitis and related liver disease topic areas:

e-WGN Expert Point of View (EPOV) Hepatology Articles Collection

The e-WGN Expert Point of View (EPOV) - Hepatology Articles Collection  below (from past issues of e-WGN, the official newsletter of WGO), are available for viewing on the WGO Website here!

Educational Programs

In collaboration with WGO, the International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP) created an audiocast series focused on the management of Hepatitis C in Latin America. View these presentations at!

Looking for an additional webinar to participate in on World Hepatitis Day?

Don't miss the "Discovery to Elimination 2030" - Webinar on hepatitis B and C - Professor Wasim Jafri - 28 July -3:00PM (Pakistan Standard Time). More information here!

Additional Resources for More Information

Click on the links below to learn more about World Hepatitis Day and join the global movement!