THE BIGGEST HEPATITIS CAMPAIGN EVER
over 80 countries will perfom, simultaneously, rapid tests against Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis Zero Week – Africa 2019
We take great pride in announcing one of the most important stages until now in the fight for the eradication of hepatitis: the Hepatitis Zero Week – Africa, in July 2019. The Hepatitis Zero Week – Africa is a huge team effort involving action in all of Africa’s 54 countries simultaneously.
Half a million free tests will be carried out on the population to detect the virus. It will be the biggest campaign ever seen on the African continent for the eradication of hepatitis.
To get the Hepatitis Zero Week – Africa off the ground we are recruiting new leaders and renewing the commitment of the current Ambassadors, which is your case.
In this act of renewal we would like to ask for your pledge to spread the word about Hepatitis Zero Week – Africa 2019 to other Rotarians and also on social media.
Hepatitis caused about 1.34 million deaths worldwide in 2015 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This mortality rate is similar to that of tuberculosis and higher than that of HIV today, and it is currently rising. 257 million people are believed to be living with hepatitis B, and 71 million people with hepatitis C, globally.
The good news is that more than 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within a period of two to three months. However, for them to be directed to proper treatment, these people need to be found. It is important that the diagnosis happens before the symptoms manifest, because at this stage the liver has already suffered damage that may be irreversible, leading to liver cancer and even death.
To win this fight and avoid millions of deaths every year, we need the engagement of as many people as possible in various parts of the world. Together we can eradicate viral hepatitis globally.
Join us in this great fight for life!