World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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China - WHD 2011
Beijing Yirenping Center carried out a series of activities to celebrate World Hepatitis Day (WHD). One of the main awareness raising initiatives was the ‘inviting people to dinner’ campaign, which encouraged passersby to have dinner with hepatitis B patients in an attempt to de-stigmatise the disease. This initiative was held in 15 major cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin, and it was reported by several newspapers which prompted considerable public engagement. Moreover, on WHD and the day before, the Yirenping Center provided assistance in two lawsuits fighting against hepatitis B discrimination in Xi’an and Chengdu that had raised social concerns and received widespread media coverage.
A hepatitis B animation called ‘Demystifying Hepatitis B’, chiefly made by the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University with hepatitis B patients, was officially broadcast online on July 28th and free downloads were available for the worldwide Chinese-speaking community. One of the most prominent newspaper in China, The New Beijing News, highlighted the animation, which was widely disseminated on plenty of domestic websites. The second most popular website in China (Sohu) even created a special webpage for the animation.
To mark the first WHO-Supported WHD, the Ministry of Health initiated an extensive media campaign targeting local newspaper, radio and TV programs throughout China. In Beijing, copies of a new book addressing hepatitis prevention, written by dozens of famous hepatitis specialists, were handed out in Xi Yuan hospital. Hepatitis specialists also played their part in the campaign, organizing group meetings for patients to upgrade their knowledge on hepatitis. Additionally, doctors provided mass consultations and screening tests to hundreds of patients.
The Chinese Foundation for Hepatitis Prevention and Control and the Jilin Department of Health co-organised a 100 day long celebration campaign for WHD aimed at improving people‘s understanding of hepatitis. During the event, patients also had a chance to participate and share their stories. Students from FuDan university went to Xidu in Shanghai and helped the campaign, distributing leaflets about hepatitis to the many visitors.