Hepatitis C Awareness

 

South Island Road Trip with the ‘Hep C Info Express’

July 15th 2015

Hepatitis C Resource Centre

Ph: (03) 366 3608

Bill’s Mob: 027 4366066

Press Release:

South Island Road Trip with the ‘Hep C Info Express’

World Hepatitis Day July 28th 2015 is recognised globally as the day to raise awareness of viral hepatitis. World-wide events and promotions aim to help people understand the seriousness of viral hepatitis and highlight the negative impact it is having on world health now and in the future. The World Hepatitis Alliance are the driving force behind getting countries to work together and eventually realise the ultimate goal to become ‘a world free of viral hepatitis’. The annual global awareness campaign demonstrates solidarity amongst affected populations all over the world to encourage our respective governments and policy makers to do more towards lessening the burden of disease and prevent new infections.

This year Bill Jang and Co. from the Hepatitis C Trust will travel to 10 towns/cities in the northern regions of the South Island to raise awareness, inform local people and garner support for this cause.

Be on the lookout for the house bus that will provide a ‘spectacle of exposure’ to the many things people should know about viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C.

From July 27th to August 7th the Hep C Info Express will travel to each town and park up for the day to speak to locals and raise awareness of hepatitis.

Bill Jang has been a Health Promoter/Educator for the Hepatitis C Trust for the last 17 years and hopes that this Health Promotion venture will get a conversation started with people who have no idea of the magnitude of this health threat and the challenges we face as a nation and globally.

Viral hepatitis B and C affects 1 in 12 people in the world; over 8% of the world’s population. And nearly one and a half million people die each year from complications arising from the virus.

TOWNS:

  • Christchurch July 27th
  • Kaikoura 28th
  • Blenheim 29th
  • Motueka 30th
  • Nelson 31st
  • Westport Aug 3rd
  • Hokitika 4th
  • Greymouth 4th (12.30pm onwards)
  • Waimate 5th
  • Geraldine 6th
  • Timaru 7th

Information about Pegasys (Pegylated interferon alfa-2a)


Information about Peginterferon alfa-2a the Drug that is approved around the world for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C can be found at http://www.pegasys.co.nz/.


‘Hep C Info Express’ South Island Road Trip

From the South Island Road Trip with the ‘Hep C Info Express’ press release.

This year Bill Jang and Co. from the Hepatitis C Trust will travel to 10 towns/cities in the northern regions of the South Island to raise awareness, inform local people and garner support for this cause.

Be on the lookout for the house bus that will provide a ‘spectacle of exposure’ to the many things people should know about viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis C.

From July 27th to August 7th the Hep C Info Express will travel to each town and park up for the day to speak to locals and raise awareness of hepatitis.

TOWNS:

  • Christchurch July 27th
  • Kaikoura 28th
  • Blenheim 29th
  • Motueka 30th
  • Nelson 31st
  • Westport Aug 3rd
  • Hokitika 4th
  • Greymouth 4th (12.30pm onwards)
  • Waimate 5th
  • Geraldine 6th
  • Timaru 7th

 

Bill Jang has been a Health Promoter/Educator for the Hepatitis C Trust for the last 17 years and hopes that this Health Promotion venture will get a conversation started with people who have no idea of the magnitude of this health threat and the challenges we face as a nation and globally.

 

Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

  • A blood borne virus, which means it's spread through blood to blood contact
  • HCV can cause liver inflammation and liver disease
  • It's a slow developing virus which can take years to show itself
  • It is estimated 50,000 New Zealanders have HCV although many aren't aware they have the virus
  • Approximately 25% of those infected will clear the virus naturally
  • Approximately 75% will have an ongoing infection

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