South Asian Initiative
Viral hepatitis is very common in South Asia and among people of South Asian origin living in the U.S. New York City is home to a large and diverse South Asian communities.
According to the World Health Organization, in the South East Asia Region, more than 100 million people are living with Hepatitis B (Hep B) and more than 30 million people are living with Hepatitis C (Hep C). Hep B accounts for 300,000 deaths every year and Hep C with 120,000 deaths every year in the South East Asia Region.
The objectives of the South Asian Hep Initiative are:
- To raise awareness about hep B and hep C among South Asian-born and diaspora populations
- To provide screening, immunization, referral services for hep B, hep C and liver disease in South Asian-born and diaspora populations
- To build community and provider partnerships for hep B and hep C prevention for South Asian-born and diaspora populations
- To identify and reduce cultural and language barriers to immunization, screening, and treatment for hep B, hep C and liver disease