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Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation awards nearly $1M to HBV, HCV awareness, prevention and care
Date:2/24/2011

hese reports will be shared with the HBV and HCV community to enhance the body of knowledge on hepatitis prevention, care, and support.

Chinese Grant Recipient Aims to Inform HCV Public Policy

Approximately 40 million people are infected with HCV in China, leading the Chinese government to declare it an urgent public health issue. (4) HCV prevalence is estimated to continue to grow, and associated comorbidities such as liver disease, cirrhosis and cancer, are a growing health concern. (5)

The Chinese grant winner, the Wu Jieping Medical Foundation, will conduct an operational study of the socio-economic burden of HCV patients and their families in China. The study will aim to recommend policies that will improve prevention and access to care. The grant will also fund a comprehensive intervention programme for a cohort of HCV patients.

India Grants Provide Hepatitis Education, Vaccination for Multiple Audiences

India is one the fastest growing economies, yet approximately 25-30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. More than 30 million people in India are infected with HBV (6) and 19 million are infected with HCV. (7)

The Foundation has awarded three grants to India-based organizations. United Way Mumbai will conduct an extensive HBV and HCV awareness campaign targeted at college students and high-risk groups. The campaign will promote HBV vaccination, HBV and HCV diagnosis and early referral to care. The Hepatitis Foundation of Tripura in conjunction with the government of the state of Tripura will institute at-birth HBV vaccinations and train health care professionals and community groups on disease education for mothers and their families. The Health Oriented Programmes and Education (HOPE) Initiative is a public-private sector partnership that will provide HBV education for school children in Uttar Pradesh, in the hope of spreading the word among their families and local communities. T
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