World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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City: New Delhi
India - WHD 2011
Hepatitis Foundation of Tripura observed World Hepatitis Day (WHD) throughout the state of Tripura. In Agartala City thousands of participants from 25 different organizations gathered at Umakanta Mini Stadium with banners and placards for an awareness raising rally through all the main streets of Agartala. Several high government officials and experts addressed the crowd at the event and showed their support. Following the awareness event, a hepatitis quiz was conducted among students and prizes were distributed to the winners. Branches of the Hepatitis Foundation of Tripura also observed the day in different locations with a wide range of activities, such as awareness raising events at schools and rallies.
The Tamilnadu office of the Indian Association for Study of Liver (INASL) undertook some initiatives on WHD. The need to screen and vaccinate the population at large was stressed at a press conference where major newspaper reporters were in attendance. In addition to print media, hepatitis was also featured on electronic media and ‘TV NDTV Hindu’ as well as ‘Sun TV’ who broadcast a piece about the day and the message from INASL. Other initiatives included pamphlets distributed to a large number of people, the display of posters in major shopping malls as well as medical establishments and a SMS campaign.
The Department of Hepatology at Madras Medical College in Tamilnadu also celebrated WHD with a massive screening programme and public awareness campaign which ran from July 22nd to July 28th and reached thousands of people across the urban and rural areas of Chennai. Based on the theme ‘Hepatitis should go public’ they addressed health care workers and the public with most of the activities focusing on those populations with low socio-economic status whose hepatitis prevalence is high and for whom health care facilities are not available. Additionally, an awareness booklet named ‘Hepatitis Past, Present and Future’ was released on July 28th by the Health Minister of Tamilnadu at a public function to celebrate WHD.
Despite the floods that hit the northeast of India, the Liver Foundation in West Bengal organised several activities on WHD, such as seminars and patient advocacy meetings. They also partnered with the Rural Health Care Providers in the state to organise an awareness raising rally.