In conjunction with this year’s World Hepatitis Day (WHD), which takes place on July 28, Hepatitis Free Pahang (HFP) is launching its hepatitis screening campaign with the theme, Eliminate Hepatitis.
HFP is an NGO that provides a unified platform for individuals affected by hepatitis to gain access to high quality healthcare in Malaysia. The organisation provides an opportunity for motivated individuals, including patients, caregivers and concerned individuals, to work together to raise the profile of viral hepatitis among Malaysians.
Eliminating viral hepatitis is more than just a public health policy goal – it is an achievable individual goal for all Malaysians.
Routine screenings show that increasing numbers of people have antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), indicating exposure to the virus.
In 2009, an estimated 2.5% of the population of Malaysia was living with HCV. However, public awareness about Hepatitis C in Malaysia seems to be low.
To address this, and to educate the public on the global burden of viral hepatitis, HFP’s Hepatitis Screening Campaign provides low cost, rapid point-of-care testing (POCT) for HCV.
HFP’s mission is to make Pahang free from viral hepatitis by improving health and social outcomes for all residents in Temerloh-Mentakab, Kuantan, and Bentong-Raub who are at risk of or living with Hepatitis B or C.
HFP is paying particular attention to groups that are at higher risk of infection or that have a disproportionate burden of chronic disease.
Globally, HCV infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease (cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma i.e. liver cancer) that results in an estimated 703,800 deaths annually, and that accounts for one third of deaths due to liver cancer.
Most people infected with HCV remain unaware of their infection. As a result, many present with advanced disease and/or may unknowingly transmit the infection to other people.
Untreated, they may develop liver cancer, which kills 1,750 people each year, the fourth commonest cause of cancer deaths in Malaysia.
World Hepatitis Day is celebrated in a variety of ways across the world. At Temerloh, Pahang, HFP, together with Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (HOSHAS), invite community members to join the “Run for Hepatitis” event on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at HOSHAS.
The Charity run starts at 8.30am.
HFP also invites the community to get tested during the screening campaign from July 28-30 from 10am to 2pm.
The best way to fight hepatitis is to know your status. A simple test can determine if you are infected with the Hepatitis C virus.
You can visit screening booths that will be set up at the lobby of Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah during those days.
For further information on the screening campaign, visit HFM’s website at http://www.hepatitisfreemsia.org.my, or send your enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.