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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Hepatitis Hour

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Hepatitis Hour

July 18, 2020

Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College

July 18, 2020

Online

Event Details:

It is a webinar aimed to discuss mental and health concerns related to hepatitis. A panel of health professionals and medical students will be on board to highlight the dilemmas associated with hepatitis and how to get rid of them.
Topics:

• Incidence and prevalence of Hepatitis in Pakistan
• Prevention and treatment strategies
• Signs and Symptoms of different types of Hepatitis
• Screening of Hepatitis
• Cross infection and control
• Psychiatric issues during and post disease

Speakers:

Dr. Fuad Hameed Rai

Principal, Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Atika Masood

Professor Pathology Department

Dr. Saqib Kalyani

Head of Psychiatry Department

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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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National Campaign on Hepatitis

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National Campaign on Hepatitis

July 08,2020- July 28, 2020

July 08,2020- July 28, 2020

Online

Event Details:

World Hepatitis Day, celebrated on July 28 every year, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts to encourage actions and engagement by individuals and the public and to highlight the need for a more focused approach to combat and eradicate Hepatitis.

Viral Hepatitis remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide and a huge gap persists in Pakistan, regarding the lack of awareness about this disease.

The VFAHT National Council planned a 3-week long campaign from July 8, leading up to World Hepatitis Day on July 28, involving its 16 local Councils, and focused on different aspects of Hepatitis with a variety of activities.

The campaign comprised of:

  • More than 30 infographics
  • A poster competition
  • Multiple Webinars
  • Story sharing series
  • 4-day Workshop series
  • A grand Quiz Competition

The infographics served as a mode to spread information about the different types of Hepatitis, covering different aspects like pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.

A poster competition dedicated to Hepatitis Awareness was also conducted using the hashtag #VFightHepatitis. An enthusiastic response was seen as participants submitted extremely creative and informative E-posters and handmade posters. Exciting cash prizes were awarded to the winners and announcements were made on the VFAHT-CMC Facebook Page.

The Local Councils at AKU, FJMU, STMU, RMU, and FMH signed up for the ‘Combatting Hepatitis with the World Health Organization- Policy Reform Session’. Each team had 5-8 people whose hard work was eminent from their comprehensive and eloquent presentations. The participants laid out local and global statistical data and identify areas of lacking, related to the various points identified by the World Health Organization where there is a gap that needs to be bridged to achieve Hepatitis elimination. They also presented some extraordinary suggestions that need to be implemented to ensure the elimination of Hepatitis from Pakistan.

Moreover, three very well planned and interactive webinars were conducted by the Local Councils at UOL-UCMD, DGKMC, and AMDC. Renowned speakers were invited to give talks and we’re extremely grateful for the knowledge and information they shared about Hepatitis.

‘My Hepatitis Story’ was an innovative activity in which daily inspiring stories were shared by Hepatitis survivors which not only encouraged people to learn more about the disease but gave hope that fighting Hepatitis is possible and extremely crucial.

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The campaign was wrapped up by a Grand Quiz Competition which tested the knowledge imparted during this entire campaign and received a very positive response and the majority of the participants scoring high.

Overall, VFAHT was able to reach thousands of people, both from the medical community and the general public and we hope that more people will be sensitized to this health issue and will be directed to take the right steps.

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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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Hepatitis Screening Camp

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Hepatitis Screening Camp

October 27, 2020
Rawalpindi Medical University

October 27, 2020

Dar Ali bin Abi Talib Orphanage School, Islamabad

Event Details:

VFAHT-RMU arranged a Hepatitis Screening Camp under the supervision of Dr. Shazia (In-charge at the Department of Medical Education, DME). This camp included Hepatitis B&C Screening and General Physical Examination of 140+ kids from 7 to 18 years of age at “Dar Ali bin Abi Talib Orphanage School.” The screening started at 9 am, conducted by the members of the Local Council and a Lab Technician. The screening ended at approximately 5 pm.

This activity was a collaborative effort between VFAHT-RMU and the Faculty of Rawalpindi Medical University. The objective was to provide the basic health facilities to the underprivileged or unprivileged community of society.

This activity comprised of Two Phases:

The first phase was held on the campus of Rawalpindi Medical University. It comprised of a workshop in which, under the supervision of the Faculty Member, a skilled Lab Technician taught blood screening methods to newly recruited members. He also described the experiences of previous screening camps. The importance of having a good command of GPE was also explained. The faculty member also helped volunteers to practice Hands-on training. Strict precautions were taken and all SOPs were followed at this workshop, in the wake of the coronavirus.

The second phase took place at the Orphanage School. General Physical Examination of all kids was performed. After GPE, the screening of 140+ kids against Hepatitis B & C was done. These kids are the future of the nation.
The workshop and the Screening Camp were conducted successfully. All participants learned a lot and the feedback from the faculty of the orphanage was extremely satisfying.

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“Eliminate Hepatitis by 2030 | Progress and Challenges”

Town Hall Meeting

“Eliminate Hepatitis by 2030 | Progress and Challenges"

12 August, 2020

04:00 PM PST

August 12, 2020

Online

Event Details:

World Hepatitis Day is commemorated each year on 28 July to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis. Pakistan has 12 million cases of hepatitis B and C (HBV/HCV) and is therefore highest country in the world to have such a high disease occurrence.

This town hall meeting is part of the Hepatitis Prevention Campaign led by Volunteer Force Against Hepatitis Transmission (a division of Infection Prevention and Control Foundation) this July and August with the theme of “Hepatitis Free Future | Hepatitis Free Pakistan” to commemorate the World Hepatitis Day (July 28) and Independence Day of Pakistan (August 14).

2 CME Hours will be awarded to registered participants for attending the Town Hall Meeting on the topic of ELIMINATE HEPATITIS BY 2030 | PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES on August 12, 2020 | 4:00 PM (PKT). Only registered participants, who will fill the Post Town Hall Meeting Evaluation Form are eligible to confer CME Hours Certification by the University of Health Sciences, Lahore

Registrations will be closed on August 12 at 2:00 PM (PKT)

Panelist Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Javed Akram

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health Sciences (UHS)

Karen Krok, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Shuaib Khan

Chief Executive Officer,
Punjab Healthcare Commission

Mr. Hammad Naqi Khan

Director General, WWF Pakistan

Moderators:

Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan (Ph.D, MPH)

Head of Public Health Department, Health Services Academy, Islamabad (UHS)

Umar Farooq, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Penn State University, College of Medicine, USA

Dr. Umair Haider

Chief Operating Officer, Infection Prevention and Control Foundation

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