On Zero Discrimination Day (March 1, 2018), the World Hepatitis Alliance will be launching a year-long global awareness campaign, #StigmaStops. To coincide with the day, the World Hepatitis Alliance will draw attention to the stigma that is faced by people who are affected by hepatitis.
To raise awareness for the problems faced by those with hepatitis and support the day, the World Hepatitis Alliance have released a report entitled “Holding Governments Accountable: World Hepatitis Alliance Civil Society Survey Global Findings Report”. Within the report, it was found that in more than 90% of countries surveyed, stigma and discrimination was reported in relation to hepatitis. The report features some alarming statistics, including the fact that 42% of people have reported to have lost job opportunities or income as a result of the virus.
Hepatitis is a viral infection that is most commonly contracted through unprotected sex, blood transmission, or perinatal transmission. Hepatitis B and C are the most common forms of hepatitis throughout Europe. In extreme case, the virus can lead to chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The World Hepatitis Alliance are asking for support for their #StigmaStops campaign. Stakeholders, members of the public and healthcare professionals are therefore encouraged to support the campaign in the following ways:
- Write the hashtag #StigmaStops along with form of discrimination you have faced on the palm of your hand and post a picture or video on social media with the hashtag #StigmaStops
- Share World Hepatitis Alliance #StigmaStops graphics on social media
- Or, share your message anonymously by emailing your photo or video to firstname.lastname@example.org
About World Hepatitis Alliance
The World Hepatitis Alliance is a global patient-led and patient-driven not-for-profit organisation representing the 325 million people living with viral hepatitis. The mission of the organisation is to harness the power of people living with viral hepatitis to achieve its elimination. In doing so, they work with governments, national members and other key partners to raise awareness, influence policy change and drive action to find the millions of people unaware of their condition.