Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected.
Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is often caused by a virus.
World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment
World Hepatitis Day is commemorated to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.
This year's theme is “Hepatitis can't wait”, conveying the urgency of efforts needed to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.