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Health

A World without Hepatitis :

Recommendations of Project

Raising Awareness, Promoting Partnership and Mobilizing Resources

There is a very low level of awareness about viral hepatitis viruses, routes of transmission, risk factors and their impact on human health in the Indian community among health providers and policy makers.

Hepatitis continues unabated as a “silent” infection. Most affected individuals do not know that they are infected with viral hepatitis B or C. Most do not have any visible symptoms in the early stages of the disease and hence do not feel the need for intervention.

The main objectives of the project are raising awareness and knowledge of the community stakeholders on Hepatitis B and C through IEC (Information, Education and Communication) and BCC (Behavioural Change Communication) programmes and providing quality referral services on Hepatitis B and C in the target areas.

HEPATITIS FREE INDIA

  •  To create awareness, education and knowledge among the people on Hepatitis B and C through IEC (Information, Education and Communication) and BCC (Behavioural Change Communication) programmes.
  • To reduce risk behaviour like unsafe sex and alcohol use to prevent various blood transmitted diseases.

  • To build capacities among the peer educator towards sustained local management of the issue.

  • Achieve better understanding of infection, transmission, prevention and care of viral hepatitis in at-risk and general populations. 

  • Achieve reduction of outbreaks of HAV and HEV by improving sanitary behaviour and consumption of safe water.

  • Achieve the highest (more than 95%) hepatitis B vaccination rates among children and increase vaccination of at-risk adults. 

  • Educate pregnant women and women of childbearing age about prevention of hepatitis B.

  • Achieve increased testing rates in at-risk populations & Promote safe injections.

  • Reduce stigmatization of chronically infected persons.

  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate educational information for all persons who have tested positive for chronic HBV or HCV infection and those who are receiving treatment.

  • Encourage notification of household contacts of infected people to be tested for HBV and HCV and encourage hepatitis B vaccination of close contacts.

  • Support the establishment of collaboration with patient and advocacy groups for viral hepatitis and other partners involved in the viral hepatitis prevention and control programme.

  • Organize Health Awareness Program- An intensive campaign for awareness generation will be held using different method such as health awareness camp, meeting, and events, street plays one to one, big events and sensitization with various groups of the society.

  • Motivate people and facilitating activities with the aim of making village Open Defecation Free. It will involve conducting sensitization workshop, puppet shows involving local leaders and community.