Digestive Health Week 2018 "Viral Hepatitis, B and C"
Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology celebrate Digestive Health Week from 05 up to 11 May, 2018 (15 - 21 Ordibehesht, 1397)
Every 29 May, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), in collaboration with the WGO Foundation (WGOF), celebrates World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) and initiates a yearlong, worldwide, public health campaign through more than 100 WGO Member Societies which reach over 50,000 individuals worldwide, WGO Training Centers, Regional Affiliate Associations and other WGO global partners. Each year focuses upon a particular digestive disease and/or disorder in order to increase general public awareness of prevention, prevalence, diagnosis, management and treatment of the disease and/or disorder.
Our digestive health week program includes scientific seminars, published scientific articles in newspapers and magazines and news sites and interview Radio and TV to inform the general public will be carried out. Posters and brochures will be distributed among the people in 12 provinces.
Message from the Co-Chairs
Viral Hepatitis, B and C: Lift the Global Burden
Viral Hepatitis causes an inflammation of the liver due to a viral infection. Most cases of Viral Hepatitis are contracted through one of five viruses including, hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis D virus (HDV) and hepatitis E virus (HEV). Of the five hepatitis viruses, all can cause acute hepatitis, however only HBV, HCV, and HDV frequently cause chronic hepatitis which can lead to liver cirrhosis and to liver cancer.1
Data from the World Health Organization reveals that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic HBV and HCV infection. In 2015, 1.34 million deaths were caused by viral hepatitis, a number comparable to deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV. Approximately 1.75 million people were newly infected with HCV in 2015; while an estimated 257 million people, mostly adults born before the introduction of the HBV vaccine, were living with chronic HBV in 2015.1 Continue reading here!
Highlights and Happenings of WDHD 2018
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