Somali Hepatitis Initiative: IDP Awareness with Free Screening for Hepatitis B and C and Subsidized Vaccination
Abrar University’s Somali Hepatitis Initiative, in collaboration with SomGastro Clinic, conducted a one-week IDP awareness and free screening for Hepatitis B and C, and subsidized vaccination. The initiative aimed to raise awareness about the prevalence of hepatitis B and C among IDPs in the region and provide access to free screening and subsidized vaccination.
IDPs in Somalia are a vulnerable population with limited access to healthcare services. Hepatitis B and C are prevalent among IDPs, and many are unaware of their status due to limited access to screening and vaccination services.
The program was in line with the Goal 3 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly target 3.3 “to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”.
The initiative involved a week-long awareness campaign in IDP camps, including educational sessions on hepatitis B and C, their transmission, and prevention. The campaign also included free screening for hepatitis B and C and subsidized vaccination for those who tested negative for the viruses.
The initiative had a significant impact on the IDP community, with many individuals receiving free screening and subsidized vaccination. The awareness campaign also helped to dispel myths and misconceptions about hepatitis B and C and raised awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection.
The initiative was inspired by Abrar University’s commitment to social responsibility and its mission to make a positive impact on the community. The Somali Hepatitis Initiative and SomGastro Clinic share this commitment, and the initiative was a collaborative effort to address a critical healthcare need in the region.
Abrar University’s Somali Hepatitis Initiative and SomGastro Clinic are proud to have conducted this initiative, which has made a significant impact on the IDP community in Somalia.