World Hepatitis Day 2012

World Hepatitis Day logoThe second World Hepatitis Day since it was officially adopted by the World Health Organisation and all 193 member states in 2011 has been another huge success! It has bought global recognition of hepatitis in line with that of HIV, TB and malaria.

Events took place all over the world and the UK played a huge part in marking the day. The main global focus was on the 3 wise monkey awareness campaign. This saw thousands of people enacting the 'See no Evil, Hear no Evil and Speak no Evil' all over the world on the 28th July with a hope to make it into the Guiness World Records.

Many awareness campaigns were held around the week of the 28th July and the Hep C Trust would like to thank all those who participated.

A summary of some of the things that happened around the UK is below, we encourage people to get in touch and let us know how you spent WHD 2012.

A Guiness World Record attempt took place to bring together patients all over the world to do the ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ – hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil – to illustrate the need to stop ignoring chronic viral hepatitis. The UK held the Guiness World Record attempts in London, Bradford and Fife in Scotland.

In line with the opening weekend of the London Olympic Games - Scotland held a “HEPtathlon” to mark the occasion.

Individuals carried out various challenges all over the country to help raise awareness and celebrate the day.

To coincide with this year’s World Pride in London, on July 4 2012 the Get Tested! team screened Lance Loud: A Death in An American Family, the story of one man’s struggle with hepatitis C and HIV, at the Tate Modern in London.

Addaction have partnered with the Hepatitis C Trust and delivered awareness posters to all their services throughout the country. The intention was to discuss hepatitis C with everyone who walked through the doors of their services in the week leading up to WHD. Where appropriate, onsite testing or referrals for testing was offered.