Campaign on Hepatitis B at Nakawa Market

International Health Sciences University in collaboration with Global Youth Health Project and GV Medical centre conducted an awareness campaign on Hepatitis B around Nakawa Market on the 25th of April 2017.
From the previous community outreaches conducted, it was observed that men rarely/ do not participate in such activities, so we decided to reach out to them at their places of work.Our target group included Taxi drivers, Conductors, Boda Boda riders, Mechanics, Hawkers and small retail business operators. We were able to reach out to 120 people of which 90 were male.
The Campaign was successful. Out of the 120 people reached only 5 had ever been screened, so we were able to screen all the 115 people (90 male and 25 female). It was found that 4.3% tested positive for Hepatitis B. We were able to offer counselling services to the affected individuals and referred them to GV medical centre for further management. We also distributed condoms to the youth.

IHSU students on the foundation program collected data from 120 participants, we should share the detailed results at a later date. It was very interesting to observe our international students integrate into the community. Through Research and Health Education, we shall surely bridge the gap in healthcare.

We thank IHSU management, Global Youth Health Project and GV Medical centre for all the support. I must say our students on the foundation program are eager and ready to enrol in the Public Health course.