United Way Mumbai Commemoration of World Hepatitis Day 2018

Globally, more than 290 million people live with viral Hepatitis without even knowing that they are affected. In India, 40 million people are chronically infected with Hepatitis B and six to 12 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C.

In 2016, 194 governments including that of India committed to eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. In doing so, they have committed to diagnosing 90% of people living with viral hepatitis by 2030 and 30% of people by 2020. To date, only 11% of people living with viral hepatitis, globally are aware of their condition.

United Way Mumbai is taking on a bold target of impacting 17000 individuals from high risk communities in Mumbai to contribute to the World Hepatitis Alliance’s (WHA) campaign to find the missing millions.This campaign will rest on four major barriers to diagnosisHepatitis B and C as per the findings of global survey commissioned by WHA. Throughout the month of July, United Way Mumbai team will undertake numerous interventions to tackle the major challenges in finding the missing millions.

Barriers to education and diagnosis of Hepatitis B and C

Interventions to remove these barriers

Lack of public knowledge of the disease

Sensitizing and educating 14,000 college youth, community members, pregnant women and women in child bearing age, etc.

Lack of knowledge of the disease amongst healthcare professionals

Conducting Peer Health Educators’ training for more than 1500 frontline health workers.

Lack of easily accessible testing

Providing free of cost and voluntary testing for 1500 high risk community group members.

Stigma and discrimination

In depth counselling, family management and medical referral support to individuals found positive for Hepatitis B

Community Conversation on the burden of Hepatitis B and C

The month long campaign will culminate on World Hepatitis Day, 28th July with public discourse on challenges of Hepatitis B and C in city of Mumbai. This discourse will be led by public health officials, NGOs and corporates working on community health issues, community members affected by Hepatitis B and other relevant stakeholders.

Volunteering Opportunities for Corporates/NGOs for spreading awareness on Hepatitis B

Facilitate a brief awareness session on Hepatitis B for your employees: UWM can conduct one hour awareness session on Hepatitis B for your employees at your office. This will include critical aspects related to Hepatitis B such as symptoms, transmission, prevention methods, testing and vaccination.

Peer Health Educators’ training for employees: UWM can conduct 2 hours peer health educators’ training for your employees. This will include critical aspects related to Hepatitis B such as symptoms, transmission, prevention methods, testing and vaccination, followed by an in depth orientation of awareness activities for employees. This can be conducted at the workplace itself. Post these two hours training; employees can join us as peer health educators in spreading awareness on Hepatitis B.

Conduct awareness generation activities with UWM: UWM will guide trained employees in conducting various awareness generation activities such as one to one interactions and pamphlet distribution, street play performances, poster exhibition, helping in medical camps set up by UWM for testing and vaccination, etc. Employees can conduct awareness generation activities within their own office premises too.

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