World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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Ukraine - WHD 2011
This year World Hepatitis Day was conducted in 9 Ukrainian cities (Kiev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Ternopil, Poltava, Chernivtsi, Lviv, Rivne and Bakhchisarai AR Crimea) and was supported by Stop Hepatitis group, the Gay Alliance and by other organisations as well as by the Ministry of Health.
The main events were held in Podol, one of oldest part of the capital Kiev, where thousands of leaflets about viral hepatitis as well as condoms were distributed. Over 930 hepatitis B and C tests were done during the event, followed by medical consultations. 2,000 people signed a letter of recommendations addressed to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health about managing chronic viral hepatitis in the country.
From May 2011 till August 2011 Stop Hepatitis with Ministry of Health support, launched a nationwide information campaign entitled ‘Hepatitis C – it’s not vitamin C’, which is a play on words in the Russian language and had a strong impact on the local population. This message was displayed all over the Ukraine on billboards and posters to increase awareness and reduce hepatitis C prevalence.
The Deputy Minister of Heath took part of the event in Podol attracting wide media coverage by TV stations ‘Inter’, ‘1+1’, ‘Chanel 5’, ‘Noviy chanel’, ‘ICTV’ and ‘Citi’. Several newspapers and magazines also reported the campaign, such as ‘Ukrainian Pravda’, ‘Deutch Welle’, ‘Komsomolska Pravda’ and ‘Day’. Additionally, on the August 3rd a press-conference took place at the Ukrainian News centre showing results from World Hepatitis Day and demanding access to diagnosis and treatment.