World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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Pakistan - WHD 2011
In the days building up to World Hepatitis Day (WHD), The Health Foundation (THF) conducted a hepatitis awareness raising session for the Arts Council staff led by their Executive Officer, Ms Qamar Jahan, where everyone was invited to come forward and support the cause. At the same time, a stall was set up to provide free screening and counselling for hepatitis B and C. On July 28th THF organised a ‘Hepatitis Free Pakistan’ walk in Karachi in which most of the participants were children under 15 years of age who were vaccinated by THF itself. The walk was covered by ‘Geo News’ and they interviewed a 12 year old girl who proudly said that “This walk is against hepatitis and today this walk is being held on World Hepatitis Day to support our cause.”
For WHD the Muhammad Yar Welfare Foundation (MYWF) organised a hepatitis seminar in Peshawar to raise awareness as well as to promote prevention and the need to get regular check-ups. MYWF also urged all sectors of Pakistani society and the Government to pay more attention to the issue in order to tackle hepatitis. The initiative was picked up by the media, helping their goal of raising awareness.
BRN Communications carried out a nationwide campaign for WHD, in which a variety of media were used. Two joint seminars with leading Pakistani media groups were conducted and experts as well as policy makers were invited as speakers while healthcare professionals participated as audience. Detailed information on hepatitis was provided to the general public through thirteen TV and Radio talk shows. Additionally, forty prominent billboards were used for larger projection of this year’s campaign message and over 250 public service messages were aired on radio during the day. More than a hundred news articles were published in all the leading newspapers of the country while TV media comprehensively covered the day in their hourly news headlines. Four public walks were also arranged in large cities and more than 9,000 people were screened across the country for free. The events reached over 36.5 million people.