Promoting screening among high risk communities with new multi-lingual tool

31 Jan 2015 Bridie Taylor

In Europe, migrant populations are disproportionally affected by hepatitis B and C. Crucial to reducing the burden is improving screening among these communities so the World Hepatitis Alliance and member group The Hepatitis C Trust have developed a multi-lingual leaflet tool as part of EU-funded initiative HepScreen.   

In a large number of countries across Europe, many migrants come from high endemic areas and the prevalence of hepatitis B and C among these groups can be up to ten times higher than among the general population. To tackle this growing problem, it is vital that migrants are offered testing for hepatitis. As part of the HepScreen initiative that includes toolkits, animations and practical guides, the Alliance and The Hepatitis C Trust have developed an online tool that allows healthcare professionals to easily download leaflets to accompany testing initiatives. The multi-lingual leaflets use simple language to cover the hepatitis B and C basics and promote the advantages of getting tested. The tool currentlyhas the same text in a total of 42 languages – the 22 EU languages and 20 languages from the main high prevalence countries from which people migrate. The leaflets can be downloaded in any two languages – the language of the country where the testing is taking place and the language of the migrant group being offered testing. This allows the healthcare workers to know exactly what information those being tested are getting We hope the tool will be used across Europe, and beyond, to improve knowledge and awareness of hepatitis, prepare people for test results and reduce feelings of stigma, fear and shame. View the leaflet tool here.