Introductory Seminar on Hepatitis

Campus Activity

Introductory Seminar on Hepatitis

February 02, 2020

University of Lahore

February 02, 2020

University of Lahore

Event Details:

The objective of this activity was to introduce the newly selected local council to the objectives, past activities, and future events of VFAHT and to assign the task to directors about their divisions. 

The event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Faraz Abdullah from the media team. It was preceded by the address of Sarah Saleem Ch. the vice president, and Leena Hamdani the treasurer, on the past activities of VFAHT UOL LC. Then M. Mumtaz Khan the president, and Khalid Farooq, the vice president addressed the planned future activities for the newly selected local council. President M. Mumtaz Khan also addressed the newly founded IPAC foundation, its website, VFAHT national council, and the activity management for the directors of all divisions. The staff president and HOD Pathology UCMD UOL, Professor Dr. Mulazim Bukhari made the closing remarks. The media team covered the event and took photos. The slides were displayed on a multimedia projector. At the end of the event, a group photo of the complete local council was taken.

The event met all its objectives. The local council was briefed about the past events, future events, the working of the National Council, the Foundation, and the mission of IPAC, and directors were briefed about the events they are supposed to organize throughout the term. 

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ABC of Hepatitis – First step towards a Hepatitis free Pakistan

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ABC of Hepatitis - First step towards a Hepatitis free Pakistan

November 8, 2020

Dow University of Health Sciences

November 8, 2020

Online

Event Details:

This workshop was organized by VFAHT DUHS in collaboration with Patients’ Welfare Association (PWA) 

This workshop was designed for medical students, and was aimed at spreading knowledge regarding safe blood donation practices (the domain of our partner organization), Hepatitis B & C (with special emphasis on its transmission and prevention), and debunking common myths surrounding it. 

Our event started with PWA’s 15-minute presentation on the importance of blood screening. This was then followed by a short fun activity where the participants were required to come up with as many small words as they can using the word Hepatitis. 

Next, VFAHT was introduced by our Local Council member, Areeba, and then a presentation was delivered by Dr. Aiman Sheikh, covering the basics of Hepatitis B & C. After this, an activity was conducted, where various statements regarding Hepatitis were displayed to the participants and they were required to identify whether they were myths or facts. The event was eventually concluded by taking feedback from all the participants, and asking them about the one new thing they learnt from the workshop. 

All the participants were made to fill a pre & post assessment form aimed to assess their knowledge about Hepatitis before and after the workshop. E-certificates were handed out to them afterwards. 

In conclusion, we believe that this workshop was successful in achieving its aims, and was very well-received by all participants. 

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Dilemma of Developing Countries | Workshop Series

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Dilemma of Developing Countries | Workshop Series

July 23,2020 – July 26, 2020

July 23,2020 - July 26, 2020

Online

Event Details:

Another milestone was achieved in July. The VFAHT National Council planned a series of Online Workshops on Viral Hepatitis as part of our 3-week Awareness Campaign in recognition of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2020.

These workshops were aimed at polishing the clinical skills of the participants and raising awareness about prevention. The content was thoroughly reviewed by our Project Advisor, Dr. Aiman Sheikh, and her team of medical health professionals.

 

Objectives:

To impart clinical and preventive knowledge about Viral Hepatitis including:

  • Understand the art of history taking, about Hepatitis.
  • Learn steps to reach a diagnosis, including physical examination and diagnostic tests.
  • Understand the basic epidemiology of Hepatitis A, B, and C, and E.
  • Learn about the various complications that are to be expected in patients.
  • Learn how to manage and treat cases of Viral
  • Understand the importance of prevention of Hepatitis A, B, and C and E, including vaccination of Hepatitis A and B.

 

Participants were taught about Hepatitis A and E on the first two days and Hepatitis B and C in the next two days using different case studies.

The workshops consisted of:

  1. Study segments 
  2. Energizers
  3. Team activity and scenario discussion
  4. Game Sessions to reinforce concepts about Hepatitis

 

Approximately 80 volunteers were catered to, ensuring interaction with each of them and clarifying each aspect of the disease.

 

A lot of positive reviews were received where participants applauded this effort and wished to see more of these in the future. To quote a few:

 

“It was lovely being a part of such an amazing discourse. Looking forward to more such amazing ventures”

  • Usama Cheema from AMDC

“This was really a great session. I learnt alot. It was more beneficial than our initial ward lectures. Kudos to you all”

  • Ayesha Razzaq from KEMU

“Everything was really appreciable. It was a great opportunity to have such an interactive session while sitting at home.”

  • Aiman Jeet Kaur from FJMU

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My Hepatitis Story | Series Of True Stories By Hepatitis Survivors

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My Hepatitis Story | Series Of True Stories By Hepatitis Survivors

July 15, 2020

Allama Iqbal Medical College

July 15, 2020

Online

Event Details:

We started by contacting people which are or were previously affected by hepatitis. We traced them and gathered their stories and compiled them.

We arranged the stories and posted them on our page and shared them around to spread the word about hepatitis. It was a 5-day campaign and we posted one story per day.

It was quite a successful project and we had a lot of engagement from our lc and other people on the page.

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Combatting Hepatitis with The World Health Organization | Policy Reform

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Combatting Hepatitis with The World Health Organization | Policy Reform

July 22, 2020

National Council

July 22, 2020

Online

Event Details:

The World Health Organization (WHO) laid out 10 points for policymakers in 2019. These points identify specific areas where there is a lack of awareness, resources, funding, and effective policy. Our goal was to make use of these in our campaign to combat the spread of hepatitis in our country.

5 teams from the Local Councils at

1. Rawalpindi Medical University
2. Shifa Tameer E Millat Medical University
3. Fatima Jinnah Medical University
4. Aga Khan University
5. FMH College Of Medicine And Dentistry

volunteered to participate in this. Each team consisted of 5-8 participants.
Two out of the 10 points were assigned to each of the participating teams to research and then make a short presentation detailing the information/statistics laid out by the WHO and outline recommendations and strategies to counter these problems in Pakistan. These teams were given a week for this task from July 15-21.

A webinar was then hosted by Ayesha Rehan (President VFAHT National Council) and Ramsha Zafar (Regional Vice President- Sindh) and moderated by Asia Kausar (Project Director VFAHT). Representatives from each team presented their work and the suggestions were discussed. To conclude, a final proposal is being compiled in which the recommendations will be prepared that can be forwarded to proper government channels that deal with public health-related issues in the country.

This activity not only encouraged participants to research and present statistics and the current policies to eradicate Hepatitis but also promoted critical thinking and a healthy discussion on a virtual forum.

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Online Hepatitis History Taking Workshop

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Online Hepatitis History Taking Workshop

August 31, 2020 – September 1, 2020
Dow University Of Health Sciences & Allama Iqbal Medical College

August 12, 2020

Online

Event Details:

It is imperative for aspiring healthcare professionals to not only have a strong grip on medical knowledge but also to possess unquestionable history-taking skills that are exhibited in conjuncture with empathy and gentle behavior on behalf of the doctor. To achieve this, VFAHT-DUHS VCAN Division, in collaboration with VFAHT-AIMC Bloodborne Disease Division, organized the ‘Online Hepatitis History taking Workshop’ on Aug 31st – Sept 1st. The workshop, targeted at medical students from the second year and above, aimed to impart invaluable knowledge regarding hepatitis and its specific history-taking process that would lead to a confirmed diagnosis while brushing up on ethics and non-textbook principles of history-taking.

The Workshop was conducted in two phases:

  • The First Phase, conducted on August 31st, included a 2hr speaker session by Onaizah Baqir, MD (Infectious Disease Specialist) residing in the US. She first highlighted the general principles of history taking, associated ethics, the dos, and don’ts, and then she moved on to discussing hepatitis and its disease course before finally concluding it by explaining the hepatitis-specific history taking process to the participants.

This helped reinforce the history-taking knowledge of the participants along with strengthening their hold on knowledge about hepatitis, its pathology, and disease course.

  • The Second Phase, conducted on September 1st, included a practice session for all participants in an effective and organized manner. It was conducted purely by the teams of VFAHT-DUHS and VFAHT-AIMC in collaboration. This session aimed to provide participants the opportunity to implement the acquired knowledge they gained in the speaker session and translate it to enhance their pre-existing skills regarding history-taking. They were given a chance to act as doctors and take a proper history of acting patients (VFAHT moderators) to diagnose their condition, which was essentially a type of hepatitis.

In conclusion, the Workshop was successful in achieving its aims and was very well-received by all participants. For most of them, especially in the second year, it was a new and overwhelming experience, but equally rewarding and productive. The overall feedback received was extremely positive as well. It was a kind workshop and the Team hopes that they can conduct more such workshops in the future with a more diverse set of topics and diseases to cover.

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