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Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin – CHIPO


CHIPO - Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African OriginViral hepatitis is highly endemic in many parts of Africa (defined by the CDC as 8-20%), and prevalence rates among Africans living in the U.S. are similar to rates in Africa. There is a large African-born population living in the United States, specifically in New York City. However, there is a lack of public health awareness about the burden of disease in this population.

The objectives of the NYC African Hepatitis B & C: Liver Health Initiative are:

  • To build community and provider partnerships for prevention
  • To raise awareness about hepatitis among African-born populations
  • To provide screening, immunization, referral services for African immigrants and refugees
  • To increase hepatitis B screening and immunization rates for high risk African immigrants
  • To identify and reduce cultural and language barriers to immunization, screening, and treatment for liver diseases

Get Involved!

Join the Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) New York City chapter quaterly meetings by contacting Farma Pene at

Join the national Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO)
CHIPO Bi-Monthly Call. This is an opportunity to speak to leaders in the nation focused on addressing Hep B in the African community. To join, contact Chari Cohen at


Testing & Vaccination

African Services Committee offers free Hep B and C tests and Hep B vaccination for those at risk! If positive, patients will be linked to medical care. Monday – Friday.

To refer, contact: Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator at 212-222-3882 ext 2118

African Services participated in the Check Hep B Patient Navigation program. Learn more about Check Hep B.


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