South Asian outreach

Hepatitis c outreach at Birmingham Mosque

The need to reach out to the South Asian community is urgent. Hepatitis C has a prevalence of 2 – 4% in this community, 4 to 8 times that of the rest of the population. To face this challenge the Trusts South Asian outreach officer Shabana Begum leads awareness and testing events within the South Asian community at Mela’s, Mosques and other community centres in partnership with community leaders and local health authorities.

The projects goal is to raise awareness of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the South Asian community and to encourage people to come forward for testing and to reduce the incidence of liver disease.

The project uses oral swap testing. Its simplicity and speed make people much more willing to take the test. Those testing positive are referred into local services.

Shabana has a regular presence on South Asian radio stations, television and in newspapers telling her story, raising awareness and challenging stigma.

We are always looking for people from all communities to talk about their experiences of hepatitis C and challenge stigma. If you are prepared to speak out, please contact Shabana.begum@hepctrust.org.uk