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What is #5ightHepatitis and #GingerJuiceChallenge?

Chennai Liver Foundation along with World Hepatitis Alliance has taken up an initiative to spread awareness about Hepatitis in India. The awareness campaign aims at educating people about the 5 basic steps that can help us eliminate the disease completely!

As a part of the initiative the foundation partnered with the prominent playback singer Mr Unnikrishnan to work on an Anthem to 5ight Hepatitis and spread awareness through a challenge on social media called the #GingerJuiceChallenge.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. It’s one of the leading causes of death globally, killing more people each year than AIDS and malaria combined.

Viral hepatitis is not found in just one location; millions of people around the world are living with this disease. Only 10% of people who live with the condition are aware of their diagnosis, which may result in them developing fatal liver disease or unknowingly transmitting the virus to others.

Viral hepatitis kills 1.4 million people every year and two thirds of all liver cancer deaths are caused by hepatitis B and C. These deaths are preventable; the availability of vaccines for hepatitis A, B and E, effective treatments for hepatitis A and B and a cure for hepatitis C means that we can make elimination a reality by 2030.

  • Hepatitis A

    What is hepatitis A?
    Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. Most people make a full recovery from hepatitis A, and develop lifelong immunity after infection. However, the virus can cause debilitating symptoms, and a small proportion of people who contract hepatitis A could die from fulminant hepatitis. Hepatitis A epidemics can be prolonged and can have significant economic and societal consequences.

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  • Hepatitis B

    What is hepatitis B?
    Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening viral infection that attacks the liver. The hepatitis B virus can cause both acute and chronic disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 257 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B, and that almost 900,000 people die as a result of the virus each year, mainly from cirrhosis and liver cancer.

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  • Hepatitis C

    What is hepatitis C?
    Hepatitis C is a viral liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is a major cause of liver cancer. Hepatitis C infection can be acute or chronic and severity can range from short-term, mild illness to a serious, lifelong and potentially fatal illness. There are an estimated 71 million people living with chronic hepatitis C worldwide, a significant number of whom will develop cirrhosis or liver cancer.

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  • Hepatitis D

    What is hepatitis D?
    Hepatitis D is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis D virus, which can be both acute and chronic. The hepatitis D virus requires the hepatitis B virus for its replication, and only affects people who already have hepatitis B. Hepatitis B/Hepatitis D co-infection is considered the most serious form of chronic viral hepatitis due to more rapid progress towards liver cancer and liver-related death.

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  • Hepatitis E

    What is hepatitis E?
    Hepatitis E is an acute liver disease caused by the hepatitis E virus. Most people will clear the infection within two to six weeks, but on occasion it can lead to fulminant hepatitis which may be fatal. There are an estimated 20 million hepatitis E infections each year, leading to more than three million symptomatic cases.

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