Tomorrow is World Hepatitis Day. The World Hepatitis Alliance has organized a major campaign in order to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment. There are many wonderful ways to participate, and I urge you to get involved by clicking on this link.
However, I must admit feeling discouraged by the lack of attention that hepatitis and health care receive. I read recently that Nevada teen, Carter Wilkinson set a record of the most retweeted Twitter message, attempting to get a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. On May 10, he surpassed three and half million. His noteworthy tweet was, HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS.
Yes, “HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS,” is what generated attention. Here are tweets that will likely pass unnoticed:
- HELP ME PLEASE. PEOPLE NEED LIVERS.
- HELP ME PLEASE. PEOPLE NEED HEALTHCARE.
- HELP ME PLEASE. MORE PEOPLE DYING FROM HEPATITIS C THAN ALL 60 INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
Nope, Wendy’s chicken nuggets takes the prize. How can health care and hepatitis compete with Beyoncé and Trump’s tweets for social media attention? I don’t know, but a good place to begin is by visiting the World Hepatitis Day website. You can:
- Download World Hepatitis Day campaign materials.
- Spread the word using the hashtags #WorldHepatitisDay, #ShowYourFace, and #NOhep
- Share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Resources for World Hepatitis Day
- Join the #ShowYourFace thunderclap
What would you tweet if you wanted to increase awareness about hepatitis or health?