Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has pledged her support for World Hepatitis Day which is today, Friday, 28 July. The theme of this year’s campaign is a pledge to eliminate viral hepatitis.

To date, 194 governments have adopted WHO’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in the next 13 years. World Hepatitis Day 2017, aims to build on this momentum and accelerate progress towards achieving the goal of elimination by 2030.

Great advances have been made in recent years in the fight against this disease but it is still far too prevalent, particularly in poorer countries and we all need to pledge our support to do what we can towards finally eliminating hepatitis. The elimination of viral hepatitis is not just a public health goal – it is an individual goal for millions of men, women and children across the world. Every single person could be affected by viral hepatitis and we all have a part to play to achieve elimination – so to highlight this, the campaign is encouraging people to put a human face to the elimination of viral hepatitis.

Emma said, “Eliminating hepatitis is a simple call to action that everyone can get behind. Regardless of your background. I would encourage everyone to show their support via social media and people can use the hashtag #ShowYourFace and #Nohep

“Everyone should do seek to learn more about this disease, its risks and the preventive measures people can take to help protect against the illness. You can find out more about the campaign by visiting http://www.worldhepatitisday.org/en/2017-campaign .”

July 2017