This week is World Immunisation Week and the theme this year is #VaccinesWork!!
In the case of hepatitis, there is no cure yet for #hepatitis B, however, it is preventable thanks to vaccines. In order to achieve the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030, we therefore need to highlight the good that vaccines can do to make sure everyone is eventually immunised effectively.
The hepatitis B birthdose vaccine is the most effective at preventing that strain of the virus. Although, worldwide, 84% of infants receive three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine, to ensure full protection, we need to ensure that all newborns get this birthdose.
Unfortunately, at the moment only 52% of countries offer it to newborn infants. This means half of the world’s children are still missing out on this potentially life saving treatment. The 2030 target is that 90% of newborns receive this.
NOhep Ambassador Raquel Peck said; “Coverage of infants is a good start, but to ensure real impact, we need to guarantee newborns are vaccinated in order to prevent both infection that may occur early in life and to protect against potential mother-to-child transmission if the mother is living with hepatitis B.” #VaccinesWork in preventing diseases, and have even eliminated some.
So, this #WorldImmunisationWeek we are calling on the hepatitis community to join us in demanding that the hepatitis B vaccine is given to all newborns." ... See MoreSee Less
#Breaking news from this year’s International Liver Congress in Paris – Europe risks falling behind in the race to #eliminate #hepatitis C by 2030.
A new study, by Dr Homie Razavi and Sarah Robbins, Center for Disease Analysis Foundation, Lafayette, CO, USA, and colleagues, shows that only 6 European countries are currently on track.
Such countries include, The Netherlands, Iceland and Georgia, with this latest analysis showing that Spain, Switzerland and France have now joined them. At last year’s World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, Germany was considered to be on track too, however, they have since fallen behind.
Other countries have promised to implement programmes to make sure they do eliminate hepatitis C before the 2030 target. However, countries are only considered to be on track once action is taken.
“It’s great news that more countries in Europe are on track, but all of them must do more to sustain and improve this progress” says Dr Razavi.
“To have any chance of meeting elimination goals, countries must reach out to find and diagnose those infected, many of whom are in harder-to-reach groups such as people who inject drugs, prisoners and men who have sex with men. Routine testing should become the norm in prisons, substance misuse services and sexual health clinics, and more awareness must also be created among doctors, including general practitioners who should offer tests to those considered at risk. In addition, a one-time testing of the general population will be needed to identify those infected prior to blood screening. We didn’t know about hepatitis C and did not start screening the donated blood until the early 1990s in most countries.”
Rann Bhoomi Foundation is a non-profit organization working to render support for and help various stakeholders in raising awareness, prevention, and control of viral hepatitis in India. Last week, they immunized 100 children with the Hepatitis B vaccine at the Okhla Industrial Slums!!
The hepatitis B vaccine is very effective in preventing infection, and so when given it, 95% of people will be completely immunized against developing hepatitis B.
Children often show no hepatitis B symptoms. Therefore, hepatitis B can be a silent epidemic hitting children and marginalised people the hardest. This is why we need to ensure all children are immunized, either by the birth dose or the vaccine. Immunization also helps the broader community by reducing the spreading of the disease.
It’s #WorldHealthDay today and the theme this year is #HealthForAll! The World Health Organisation estimate that at least half of the world’s population is without access for essential healthcare, and that about 100 million are still being forced into “extreme poverty” because of how much they must pay for their basic healthcare needs.
When it comes to hepatitis this is really worrying. Hepatitis B and C kill 1.3 million people per year, more than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB. There are also 300 million people living with viral hepatitis unaware of their status.
However, there is good news too. There are direct-acting anti-viral cures for hepatitis C and a vaccine for hepatitis B. The birth dose vaccine for hepatitis B costs as little as 20 cents, even though it is not used in 48% countries across the world. In 2016, furthermore, 194 countries signed the first Global Health Sector Strategy pledging to eliminate hepatitis as a public threat by 2030.
In 2015, only 8% of those diagnosed with hepatitis B and 7% of those with hepatitis C had received treatment. To achieve our goal of elimination, we want both cases to rise to 80% in 2030!
To achieve a #NOhep world, we need to ensure #HealthForAll!! #WHD2018 #WHO #2030 #hepatitis #elimination #HBV #HBV ... See MoreSee Less
Bolsters for Life Initiative are fighting against hepatitis B in Uganda using awareness bracelets. You can see their amazing bracelets here!
This ingenious method of raising awareness was chosen by Bolsters for Life Initiative CEO Kiima Stephen, an activist for the fight against hepatitis from Karugutu-Ntoroko District-Uganda, because wearing bracelets is an easy way to bring attention to the issue of hepatitis B and raise understanding. They help increase understanding without Kiima having to hold awareness meetings, talking on the radio or travelling to difficult to reach areas. The bracelets can instead go and share the message on their own.
Kiima also sees the bracelets as being a fun way for people to show support, particularly as he can design them following different people’s wishes and with different messages.
He makes them in a traditional ornamental style, using rubber, beads, threads and leather. And, people have been using them to show support for fund-raisers for hepatitis sufferers, research and at awareness raising events.
We still have a way to go to reach GHSS and SDG’s aim of eliminating viral hepatitis C and B. Key to doing this is ensuring prevention and that people seek medication and vaccination by raising awareness. Just as Kiima is, we need to #FindTheMissingMillions. Great work Bolsters for Life Initiative, you are bringing us one step closer to a #NOhep world!!
Thanks Kiima Stv Jr. for initiating this initiative in Ntoroko we pray that you expand this to the rest of the surrounding districts because we can not be everywhere to spread awareness about Hepatitis B
3 weeks ago · 2
Thank you Kenneth Kabagambe for the Appreciation, the world needs working together to get things done, my support, your support and everyones support can bring an impact to the lives of our people.
3 weeks ago · 2
Good Job guyz... keep 10 bracelets for me
3 weeks ago
Wow, They will be available for you Kibiniro, as they will have an impact in the United Kingdom