What do you know about Hepatitis?
As part of phase 3 of the award winning Baiter Sehat campaign, One Voice have carried out research in the local BME community about their views, perspectives and experiences of Hepatitis B and C.
The aim of the research was to identify levels of awareness in the BME community as well as myths and beliefs associated with Hepatitis B and C with awareness raising campaigns to be launched.
The research aims to improve outcomes for viral hepatitis (HBV & HCV) amongst the South Asian community in Blackburn and Darwen where evidence suggests there may be an excess of undetected disease, late diagnosis and poor outcomes.
Five ‘Community Explorers’ were tasked to gather information from residents of Blackburn and Darwen, with the results compiled and analysed for use by an Hepatitis B/C Steering Group.
During its first two years, the Baiter Sehat project has delivered community education initiatives about issues including forced marriage, mental health and well-being, domestic violence, health checks, shisha smoking, cardiac rehabilitation and suicide.
One Voice, which is delivering Baiter Sehat in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, has embarked on a third phase of public health promotion in the local BME community.
The research has now been completed and the results are currently being compiled.