Although hepatitis has become one of the most common and severe diseases globally, it currently takes the back seat when it comes to awareness.
This viral disease has made its mark, with almost 1.5 million people being affected and killed by either hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. It has long- and short-term effects and hepatitis A, C and D can cause life threatening complications to those infected.
The World Hepatitis Alliance has taken a hands-on approach to create much needed awareness of this disease, with the aim of changing people’s mindset on how they view hepatitis. Their main objective is to get people all over the world involved by making available very creative and interactive tools to encourage groups to host their own World Hepatitis Day event.
The tools are available on the World Hepatitis Alliance website at http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/en/ and can be downloaded and edited to fit in with any hepatitis awareness concept. The tools include customisable posters, logos and toolkits to help you through the process of delivering an informative hepatitis event to bring awareness of this disease. To make it even more user friendly and reach a wider audience, the toolkits are available in seven languages.
The main purpose with this year’s theme is “Hepatitis: Think Again” and with the customisable posters, it will be easy to select a poster to fit in with your event or campaign.
The awareness is mainly aimed at highlighting symptoms, prevention, treatment, vaccination and taking action.
As a model of inspiration, The World Hepatitis Alliance will be hosting a mammoth event, #ThinkHepatitis, that will be taking place on 27 and 29 July 2014 and will coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. To raise awareness on hepatitis, the largest LED screen in the world will be used, displaying an interactive Twitter Wall as well as illustration of bricks that represent all the negative aspects that affect those living with hepatitis.
“Every time someone sends a tweet with the campaign hashtag #ThinkHepatitis, a brick will turn around to reveal a positive truth, challenging people’s preconceptions about viral hepatitis. Just one tweet can change a wall of stigma and suffering into messages of strength and hope.” – World Hepatitis Alliance
We have taken ownership as being proudly South African, so let us #ThinkHepatitis, because it is #TimeToAccept the challenge and its #TimeToChange the world.
Information Source: http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/en/
Author – Lynnqwinda Scott Social Media and Communications Co-Ordinator Get Savvi Health