Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients

by The Health Foundation
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients
Adopt free treatment -1000 Hepatitis C Patients

The Health Foundation is the only Civil Society in Pakitsan which is working directly in the field with the community in the High Prevelant areas of Pakitsan where HCV prevelance rate is sky high. 

Our work is to eradicate Hepatitis from Pakistan. 

The said data is from June 2021 - March 2022

1. HCV Treatment:

 Patients Identified through screening / referral = 5000

Patients Registered and completed Treatment  =   3881

Patients on going                                               =   1233

2. Finding the “Missing Million” July 21 – March 22:

Number of population screened           = 139000+

We require support from valuable donors to fight this silent killer called hepatitis.  

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Vaccination
Vaccination

As Per Statistics 

  • Pakistan ranks 2nd in prevalence (after Egypt)and 2nd in infection (after China) and THF is doing is best to eradicate Hepatitis from Pakistan with the support of Public and Private Sector.
  • Establishing new partnerships/ collaborations with other NGOs and Corporates , at present 22 sentinel treatment sites are functional in 3 provinces of Pakistan for free and timely curative services to the poor , non affording patients. All efforts are made to provide all services i.e. consultation, Laboratory and medicines, to the patients under one roof. 

THF is also screening out high prevalent communities to find the missing millions via our Hepatitis Free Community Model , in the last 3 months 211 camps have been held in high prevalent areas and 54572 population screened. All testing positive have been linked to appropriate health care services 

With the cost of oral DAAs ( Direct acting anti-viral) being the lowest in the region, access to treatment has been made possible to a much larger population than expected. The challenge is to get cost effective, appropriate and quality lab services available at the far flung intervention areas. We have explored and developed partnership with quality labs to tackle this very important issue. But the cost of diagnostics is on the higher side

In this reporting period 68 new Hep B patients were registered for treatment and 591 Hep C have been provided with free treatment services 

Another challenge is the issue of behavior change. We can keep on treating patients but the need is to get both Right Holders and Duty Bearers to adopt appropriate social and health seeking behaviors if we are to achieve the target of Hepatitis Elimination by 2030. A Comprehensive Communication strategy has been developed and is in various phases of implementation to work at this very important component of the program  

The task is MASSIVE......We can’t do it alone ....... WE NEED YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!!

PLEASE COME FORWARD AND DONATE .

God Bless you for your generosity!!!!!!!!

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Achievements Breakup for Sindh Region (Sanghar, Tando Allahyar and Ghotki from May 2021 – August 2021

1. Treatment:

 Patients Identified through screening / referral = 1082

Patients Registered                                            =   779

Patients Completed Treatment                           =   245

Patients on going                                               =    534

 

Patients SVR Due                                               = 449

Patients SVR Achieved                                      = 313 (70%)

* Due to covid 19 People are not coming for SVR but we are following up

2. Finding the “Missing Million” in Sindh - May 2021 – August 2021:

Screening camps held                         = 123

Number of population screened           = 13,315

Number found Hep C positive              = 300 (2.3 %)

Number found Hep B positive              = 44 (0.3 %)  

We require support from valuable donors to fight this silent killer called hepatitis.  

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These are challenging times for us all as the Current Pandemic has changed the health care scenario globally.

Covid -19 situation has severely affected Hepatitis Elimination activities in Pakistan too, with lockdowns and social distancing; it has been very hard to maintain the tempo of community sensitization, screening to find the missing millions and Hep B vaccination within high risk communities.

Nevertheless, we at THF knew the severity of hepatitis vis a vis corona. We couldn't ignore the needy people for a long time. We started back with our activities in the field on a limited scale soon after the lockdown was eased.

No patient has missed the lifesaving medication during all this period and we have ensured that all patients’ ongoing treatment are followed up in a timely manners and requisite medicines is provided to Hepatitis patients.

Achievement till date:

  • More than 1,114,000 high risk population sensitized with targeted and tailor made health awareness session
  • 451,623 populations above 5 years of age fully immunized against Hepatitis B in selected high prevalent focus areas
  • Screened 239,320+ individuals for Hep B and Hep C
  • 17,000 + identified Hep B and C in adopted intervention areas linked to Free, timely and quality treatment services

Breakup of Activities:

Achievements from Feb 2021 - April 2021:-

1. Treatment:

 Patients Identified through screening / referral = 810

Patients Registered                                            =1,521

Patients Completed Treatment                           = 1,143

Patients SVR Due                                               = 374

Patients SVR Done                                             = 287 (75%)

Patients SVR Achieved                                       = 287 (75%)

 

2. Finding the “Missing Million”:

Screening camps held                         = 115

Number of population screened           = 8566

Number found Hep C positive              = 556 (6.5 %)

Number found Hep B positive              = 137 (1.6 %)  

We are doing our best to treat all patients but this cannot be achieved unless we have you as our invaluable donors who can back us in our fight against hepatitis.  

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Hep B Vaccination 1
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Screening Activity to find the missing millions
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Find The Missing Millions

The Health Foundation, despite of challenges faced during the lockdown, continued to provide medicine for the treatment of Hepatitis B and C to each and every adopted patient.

We have recently inaugurated Hepatitis Free Kemari Project in collaboration with Gilead.

An American biotechnology company Gilead Sciences, Inc. joined hands with The Health Foundation and M.M Group Pvt. Ltd.  for Viral Hepatitis Elimination in Pakistan.

The first of its kind partnership for Viral Hepatitis Elimination aims to improve awareness, screening, and linkage-to-care for viral hepatitis and ensure a work environment that is free from any discrimination for those with the disease. Screening is carried out in the community camps and identified patients will be treated at KPT Hospital Free of Cost.

The clinic was inaugurated by Mr. Shah Nawaz Judoon (Member Provincial Assembly Sindh), Firdios Shamim Naqvi (Member Provincial Assembly Sindh) and Mr. Mahmood Moulvi (Advisor of Minintry of Maritime Affairs.)

Talking at the launch, Mr. Firdous Shamim Naqvi said that we hope to eliminate viral hepatitis in Pakistan by promoting public private collaborations. It is important area for us to focus on, as this disease disproportionately inflicts the poor and marginalized who usually suffer at the hands of bad health systems and practices. For all these reasons, the public health goal of viral hepatitis elimination and the launch of this coalition to support this cause is extremely opportune. It is indeed, a very pragmatic step by the industry and stakeholders, he said.

He added that there is a need and we understand that elimination of viral Hepatitis on a national scale requires public awareness and appropriate prevention strategies to tackle the epidemic.  

Pakistan has the second highest burden of viral hepatitis in the world, with an estimated 20 million people suffering from Hepatitis B or C. According to a recent estimate, over 200,000 new patients develop Hepatitis every year, and 10% to 40% of people with chronic infection may develop cirrhosis and potentially liver cancer. Many people contract the infection unknowingly, because of reuse of syringes, dental equipment and barber shop equipment. 

Highly effective treatments for hepatitis C can cure the infection in over 95% of people. Hepatitis B can be prevented through vaccination. Those with chronic hepatitis B infection can manage the disease with lifelong treatment.

The inauguration of the clinic was followed up by a visit to the field where the team interacted with the lady health workers and praised their efforts for their hard work and dedication in the community.

Currently there are over 12 million reported Hepatitis cases in Pakistan. Till date THF has sensitized more than 1 million target population, treated 15,251 patients and has immunized 977,103 high risk population against Hepatitis. However, a lot more work has to be done. Let’s reach the 12 million together!


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Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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laila rizvi
Karachi, Sindh Pakistan
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