World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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Austria - WHD 2011
Hepatitis Hilfe Österreich (HHÖ) held a liver-health-check corner on a busy square in Vienna on July 28th. Hundreds of passersby had their blood tested for hepatitis and the Viennese Sick Fund social consultants provided professional advice. Moreover, various famous musicians engaged actively on a stage nearby in an Open Air Concert to raise awareness.
At the event a model of a "walk-in liver" showed what healthy or diseased liver cells look like and an arts & craft tent was available to children where they could creatively express their experience of “my liver and me”. Members of the Austrian Workers’ Samaritans Association provided information about their services and distributed small free gifts and flyers.
A press-conference chaired by HHÖ’s president Angelika Widhalm with Dr. Petra Munda and Dr. Reinhard Marek from the Viennese Sick Fund supported by prominent personalities in Austria such as a famous radio moderator, musicians and the founder of the Austrian House of Integration ‘Willi Resetarits’. The conference brought public and political attention to viral hepatitis and three TV networks, various radio stations as well as a great number of lay print journals and magazines, covered the story.