The fourth official World Hepatitis Day took place on the 28th July 2014, co-ordinated by the World Hepatitis Alliance and the World Health Organization, and along the theme Hepatitis: Think Again.
This World Hepatitis Day saw the largest global response to date, with 157 countries taking part. 86 national governments also took part, which is a significant increase from previous years.
The following percentages of WHO member states in each region took part:
- Africa: 33
- Americas: 33
- Eastern Mediterranean: 16
- Europe: 49
- South-East Asia: 10
- Western Pacific: 16
World Hepatitis Day 2014 was marked by testing events, fundraisers, pledges, vaccination drives, and other innovative events such as a celebrity car wash, balloon releases and the illumination of well-known landmarks. Support from Ministers of Health, local and regional governments, celebrities, civil society and members of the public was enhanced by high levels of media coverage, meaning this World Hepatitis Day undoubtedly reached a larger and broader audience than ever before.
With this report we would like to acknowledge everybody who helped to make World Hepatitis Day 2014 a huge success.
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