28 March, 2013
Health minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced today $1.9 million in funding to support two projects that will help raise awareness about the transmission, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis among B.C.’s Asian and South Asian population as well as throughout the province.
“We are committed to working to improve the health of all British Columbians and their families who may be affected by viral hepatitis,” said MacDiarmid. “While treatment and disease management of hepatitis B and hepatitis C is important, it is also critical to improve awareness, education and knowledge about the disease and how it can spread, particularly among our more vulnerable groups.”
The first project is a $400,000 grant to the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Society, to help improve awareness of hepatitis B, and provide prevention, treatment and self management education among immigrant communities.