World Hepatitis-B Awareness Day

World Hepatitis-B Awareness Day

India Post News Service
CHICAGO: Midwest Asian Health Association Celebrated the World Hepatitis B Awareness Day from June 12, 2023 – July 28, 2023

The Worldwide, there are about 296 million people living with Hepatitis B, many of whom live in Eastern Asia.In the United States, Asian Americans make up about 6% of the population; yet comprise almost 60% of the estimated 2.4 million people chronically infected by Hepatitis B. Most dramatically, Hepatitis B is prevalent in foreign-born Asian/Pacific Islander women of childbearing ages, at 8.9%.

 Because Hepatitis B often doesn’t cause symptoms, most don’t know they are infected. Early diagnosis is the best way to prevent the development of serious complications, including liver cancer. You can find more information about Hepatitis B from the CDC’s website. Hepatitis B is preventable through early detection and vaccination.

The annual Hepatitis awareness event is an important component of MAHA’s Hepatitis B Outreach, Awareness, and Education program funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The program’s overall strategy is to eliminate Hepatitis B as a major disease for Asian Americans. In honor of World Hepatitis B Day, the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) is pleased to announce two upcoming events to help immunize and screen for Hepatitis B among Chicagoland residents.

 Hepatitis B Immunization Event: When: Monday, July 10 from 9:00am-12:00pm Location: 218 W. 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616 Organizer: Midwest Asian Health Association and Chicago Dept. of Public Health Hepatitis B Testing Event: When: Saturday, July 29, from 8:00am-11:00am Location: 218 W. 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616 Organizer: Midwest Asian Health Association, UIC, Chicago Dept. of Public Health

Contact: Dr. Jing Zhang, Ph.D., Director of Community Health Programs, MAHA or (312) 225-8708 Irene Ma, Health Program Coordinator, MAHA

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