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CANADA: New Program to Combat Hepatitis B in B.C.'s Immigrant Communities


Global News (01.28.2014)

Global News reported that Canada’s British Columbian government and the immigrant support society S.U.C.C.E.S.S. teamed up to launch “Let’s Talk About B,” a new program designed to help combat hepatitis B in immigrant communities by providing education, awareness, and support. Health officials estimate that one in 17 new immigrants in British Columbia is infected with hepatitis B. Many individuals go undiagnosed and untreated due to lack of symptoms until the liver has suffered severe damage. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. received a $400,000 grant from the provincial government in 2013 to develop the hepatitis B awareness campaign, which is available in Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tagalog, and English.


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