Hepatitis: Need for collective community action

On August 4, 2014, United Way of Mumbai and AmeriCares India organized a panel discussion, ‘Hepatitis: A Rising Community Health Concern: Need for Collective Community Action’

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L to R: Ms Jayanti Shukla (standing at the stage); Ms Kanchana T K; Mr Shripad Desai, MD, AmeriCares India; Dr Pragji Vaza, office bearer IMA, Mumbai Branch; Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, Public Health Department, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; and Dr Akash Shukla, hepatologist and professor at KEM, Mumbai

The panel discussion comprised of interactive sessions on hepatitis prevalence and challenges faced by Public Health Department, strategies and community-based interventions for prevention and education of Hepatitis, and collective community impact strategies.

Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation has been supporting NGOs from Mumbai such as United Way of Mumbai and AmeriCares India to create awareness on hepatitis among the slum dwellers in Mumbai.

The organizations have recently concluded a week-long awareness initiative in different parts of the city such as Wadala, Chembur and Andheri.

The week was marked by a series of awareness drives carried out by the Green Ribbon Brigadiers of United Way of Mumbai. The Green Ribbon Brigadiers are youth from colleges across Mumbai trained by the NGO.

Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, Public Health Department, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was one of the panelists at the discussion.

 

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