World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - WHD 2011
On July 28th the group HEPTA held a press conference at the Red Cross located in the city of Ohrid, which was attended by journalists from many local and national media outlets such as ‘Sitel’, ‘Time’, ‘Info’, ‘Inpress’, ‘Kurier’, ‘Doctors’, ‘MTV1’, ‘Ohridnjuz’ and ‘MIA’. A forum was organised in the evening to stress the hepatitis situation in the country as well as to highlight activities undertaken by NGOs, particularly HEPTA, Option Ohrid and the Red Cross in improving education, prevention and better treatment of hepatitis patients. Various authorities and stakeholders participated in the event, including the World Health Organization country representative.
On the beach beside the Ohrid Lake shoreline and in the city centre educational flyers were distributed to raise awareness of hepatitis amongst the general population. A similar initiative took place in the city of Struga, where the leaflets distributed were written in both Macedonian and Albanian because of the large Albanian speaking population.
A mini survey with 4 questions was carried out in Ohrid targeting passersby and a symbolic pen as well as a cup or shirt were given to those who answered the questions. The survey showed that from 65 respondents, 58 think that infectious hepatitis have symptoms, whilst 20 do not know how it is transmitted.