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Hepatology Society of the Philippines Celebrates World Hepatitis Day 2016

On July 28, 2016, the Hepatology Society of the Philippines, together with its various partners, will celebrate World Hepatitis Day 2016 with awareness raising activities such lay fora, free hepatitis screening, free hepatitis consultation, and other activities.

On July 28, 2016, the Hepatology Society of the Philippines, together with its various partners, will celebrate World Hepatitis Day 2016 with awareness raising activities such lay fora, free hepatitis screening, free hepatitis consultation, and other activities.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is one of only four official disease-specific world health days declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is celebrated every year on the 28th of July. This year, the theme of the global campaign is ELIMINATION. With the adoption at the World Health Assembly of the Global Health Sector Strategy for Viral Hepatitis and at the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific of the Regional Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis in the Western Pacific 2016-2020, member states have signed up and committed to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.

Hepatology Society of the Philippines

The Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) has been at the forefront of advocacy for viral hepatitis in the Philippines. The HSP is committed to creating awareness among the various stakeholders including health care providers and the general public. Together with its partners, the HSP was instrumental in the creation of a policy on Hepatitis B in the Workplace.

The HSP maintains a public awareness campaign on Hepatitis B called the B Aware Campaign. This is a multi-platform campaign with the objective of raising awareness about Hepatitis B among the general public. The Campaign maintains a very active Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BeAwarePH) and a website (www.beawareph.com). In the next few months, the B Aware Campaign will roll out its awareness activities on print and radio.

Hepatology Society of the Philippines, the Department of Health, and World Hepatitis Day 2016

The HSP has a long-standing tradition of celebrating World Hepatitis Day. This year, the HSP will partner with the Department of Health in celebrating World Hepatitis Day 2016. This will be held at the East Avenue Medical Center, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Jose Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital and Southern Philippines Medical Center on July 28, 2016. The theme for this year's celebration is "Infant vaccination within 24 hours of birth to prevent Hepatitis B".

There will be other celebrations organized by members of the HSP in various venues such as Asian Hospital, AUF Medical Center, Bulacan Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Fatima University Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, Manila Med, Metropolitan Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine General Hospital, Southern Phil. Medical Center, St. Luke's Medical Center, The Medical City, UERMMC, UST Hospital, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, among others. There will be various activities in the different venues including lay for a, free consultation, and viral hepatitis screening. Please visit the B Aware Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BeAwarePH) for updates on the various celebrations for World Hepatitis Day 2016.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BeAwarePH, http://beawareph.com/and http://liverphil.org/