December 14, 2013

Award for hepatitis community focus

Posted at 11:58am Sunday 15th Dec, 2013

Focusing on Asian, Maori and Pacific Island ethnicities is what has won The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand a community service award.

More than 14,000 people affected by hepatitis B are enrolled in The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand programmes.

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Health Minister Tony Ryall, presenting the award to The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand CEO, John Hornell.

A hepatitis C pilot programme is currently running in the Bay of Plenty.

Hepatitis B is a disease affecting many people with the majority of people affected of Asian, Maori and Pacific Island ethnicity.

Health Minister Tony Ryall presented the award at the New Zealand Health Foundation for Asian and Ethnic Communities ceremony in Auckland last month.

“We endeavour to work effectively with different ethnic groups in the community,” says The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand CEO John Hornell.

A big part of this is being aware of and understanding the cultural diversity of New Zealand, says John.

“I would like to thank the New Zealand Health Foundation for Asian and Ethnic Communities for recognising our commitment to addressing chronic hepatitis in the Chinese and Asian communities.”

The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand offers free services in the community to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic hepatitis B and/or C.

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