Hepatitis is one of those illnesses that most people are aware exists but they do not know much about what it really is. This is why the World Health organisation (WHO) selected 28 July 2020 to bring awareness of the condition to the public and help policy writers identify ways to end the scourge of Hepatitis by committing to the WHO’s plan to end hepatitis across the world by 2030.
In South Africa, we observe World Hepatitis Day on 28 July. Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It is commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include auto-immune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Auto-immune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.