World Hepatitis Day Talk 2017 | APCA-AZ

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(Friday, July 28, 2017 - Phoenix, Arizona) Highlights from a recent presentation about Hepatitis by APCA's Program Outreach Coordinator, Dr Prakash Kotecha. Dr Kotecha is a Public Health and Nutrition Expert with extensive administrative and academic experience as Country Director for USAID Micronutrient Project, Washington DC and as Professor and Chair of the Dept of Community Medicine at Medical School, Vadodara India.

The talk was held at Asian Pacific Community in Action's new office, located in the Maricopa County Medical Society building in the heart of Phoenix at 326 East Coronado St., Suite 200. A brief audio snippet of the presentation has been provided below:

According to Layal Rabat, M.A., Empowerment and Advocacy Manager of Asian Pacific Community in Action, next steps involve reaching out to people that are interested in eradicating HepB in Arizona most especially those that have been personally affected. She adds that APCA will be happy to deliver this presentation to any community groups that inquire, and as always, assist anyone in connecting to the appropriate resources. For visit APCA online at or call 602-265-4598.

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World Health Assembly Endorsement

  • In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis 2016–2021.
  • The GHSS calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.

 What is World Hepatitis Day?

  • World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28th of July.
  • Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus was awarded Nobel prize for it. The 28th July is his birthday.
  • One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), WHD unites patient organizations, governments, medical professionals, civil society, industry and the general public to boost the global profile of viral hepatitis.

What is Viral Hepatitis?

Disease caused by viruses that attack the liver.


How Do You Get Hepatitis (B & C)

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Why is World Hepatitis Day Important?

With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable Also, with the inclusion of viral hepatitis in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and adoption of the first global hepatitis strategy (2016-2020), we are able to have look forward to a better future. Now more than ever political commitment is needed. Without urgent action, deaths will continue to rise and the epidemic will continue to grow. World Hepatitis Day presents an ideal opportunity: an opportunity to join together and raise the profile of viral hepatitis among the public, the world’s media and on the global health agenda.

Arizona Scenario

  • From 2006 – 2015, an average of 979 chronic hepatitis B and 128 acute hepatitis B cases were reported each year, though there has been a decrease in the number of acute hepatitis B cases identified in recent years.
  • The rate of new reports of acute HBV was highest among persons aged 40-44 years. Chronic HBV rates were highest among those 30-34 years.
  • The average annual rate of hepatitis B infection amongst Asians/Pacific Islanders was much higher than among other racial/ethnic groups.

Source: 2016 Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologic Profile for Arizona: 2016, Arizona Department of Health Services

Why is important to APCA and API?

  • 1 in 12 Asian American has HBV (Against 1 in 1000 Whites).
  • Liver cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death in Asian men
  • Of the total US population 5% are API
  • Of the total cases of Hepatits 40% to 50% are API
  • Asian American born outside USA are 19.4 more likely to have Chronic HBV
  • AAPIs are eight to 13 times more likely to develop liver cancer and are more likely to die from hep B–related causes compared with all other groups

Source: CDC
Supporting Details and Information Courtesy of APCA: World Hepatitis Day 2017

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