July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of this global event, according to WHO’s Web site, is to “increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.” The organization is taking this opportunity to strengthen prevention, screening and control of viral forms of hepatitis, to increase the number of vaccines administered for hepatitis B, and to coordinate a worldwide response to hepatitis.
To help raise awareness for this global event, stars have begun speaking out. According to an article featured on FoxNews.com, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band and R&B recording artist Natalie Cole have both been diagnosed with hepatitis. The two recording artists had been unknowingly living with the disease for some time. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon for those suffering from the various forms of hepatitis.
According to WHO, “About one million deaths per year are attributed to viral hepatitis infections.” Those who live with hepatitis too long without undergoing treatment may never be able to properly recover from the chronic condition. Allman, for example, eventually needed a liver transplant due to the effects of living with hepatitis.
There’s also a negative stigma surrounding a diagnosis. Many assume the disease can only be contracted via sharing drug needles. However, this is a complete misconception. That’s why Allman and Cole are helping to promote World Hepatitis Day by participating in its campaign, “Tune In to Hep C.” The campaign’s goal is to reiterate how important it is to take action, according to FoxNews.com.
If you’re interested in helping to support this worthy cause, there are many ways through which you can contribute. For example, the World Hepatitis Alliance’s Web site provides visitors with printable campaign materials, from posters to postcards, in a variety of languages. You can print these materials directly from the Web site.
You may also want to consider distributing logo World Hepatitis Day products to help raise awareness for the cause. These items can be custom imprinted to get your message out there. The custom imprinted Dr. Bear stress reliever, for example, is a great item that will help dispel the negative stigma surrounding the contraction of hepatitis. However you choose to contribute, your help will certainly make a difference!