Leeds landmarks turn purple to mark World Hepatitis Day
28 July 2021
Tonight, landmarks across the city are lighting up in purple to raise awareness of viral hepatitis as part of World Hepatitis Day.
Buildings on site at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s will join local landmarks including the Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Civic Hall, and Leeds City Museum, as well as other buildings across Yorkshire, in being lit up to mark the day.
This afternoon in Millennium Square the Bevan Street Health Van with teams from LTHT, Bevan Healthcare, and The Hepatitis C Trust will be offering mobile testing for the disease.
World Hepatitis Day takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. In 2021 the theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’.
The Viral Hepatitis Outreach Team recently won a prestigious NHS Parliamentary Award in the category Healthcare Equalities for their work vaccinating vulnerable homeless and rough-sleeping communities in Leeds during the first lockdown last year. Read more on our website.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. Hepatitis B and C cause 1.4 million deaths per year – more than HIV/AIDS and malaria. Together, these viruses cause two in every three liver cancer deaths across the world.
For more information on Hepatitis, testing, and World Hepatitis Day events, take a look on the Forward Leeds website.