South Asian outreach

Hepatitis c outreach at Birmingham Mosque

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events

  • 10.30am-4.00pm 7th October - Central Jamia Mosque Madni, Gibbet St, Halifax
  • 10.30am-4.00pm 14th October - Jamia Ghosia Mosque, Chester Street, Blackburn
  • 10.30am-4.00pm 21st October - Markez Jamia Masjid Riza, Huddersfield, BB1 1DW
  • 10.30am-4.00pm 28th October - Central Markez Mosque, Keighley, BD21 3EG