World Hepatitis Day – Hepatitis Can’t Wait!

World Hepatitis Day – Hepatitis Can’t Wait!

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.

The 2021 theme this year is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’ – and we at SANPUD along with partners will be hosting a virtual event for World Hepatitis Day 2021, which aims to increase knowledge and drive forward efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat in South Africa.

With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis – we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis.

  • People living with viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing
  • People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life saving treatments
  • Expectant mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment
  • Newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination
  • People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination
  • Community organisations can’t wait for greater investment
  • Decision makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.

Our online event will be an opportunity to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and harm reduction among people who use drugs and to:

  • Highlight the viral hepatitis burden and need for action in South Africa
  • Provide information and training on hepatitis B and C virus to a range of stakeholders.
  • Combine efforts to advance elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat
  • Connect and strengthen networks with peers and decision makers

We’re proud that a representative of our Regional Network, Koketso Mokubane, will be actively involved on the day presenting a segment on Viral Hepatitis, and leading a breakaway group discussion, as part of the World Hepatitis Day webinar series.


Date: Wednesday 28th July 2021
Time: 11am – 1pm (South Africa time) (GMT+2)
Location: Online via Zoom
Program: Download the Event Brief
RSVP: Register here
Inquiries: to

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