Viral Hepatitis is highly endemic in many parts of Africa (defined by the CDC as 8-20%), and prevalence rates amongst Africans living in the U.S. are similar to rates in Africa. There is a large African-born population living in the United States, specifically in New York City.  However, there is a lack of public health awareness about the burden of disease in this population.

The objectives of the NYC African Hepatitis B & C: Liver Health Initiative are:

  • To build community and provider partnerships for prevention
  • To raise awareness about hepatitis among African born populations
  • To provide screening, immunization, referral services for African immigrants and refugees
  • To increase hepatitis B screening and immunization rates for high risk African immigrants
  • To identify and reduce cultural and language barriers to immunization, screening, and treatment for liver diseases

Annual Community Forum Highlights!

Join the Effort

  • National Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO): Monthly Call. This is an opportunity to speak to leaders in the nation focused on addressing Hep B in the African Community.  Join.
  • Join us online through Facebook & Twitter!

Testing & Vaccination

  • African Services Committee is testing for Hep B & C and provides Hep B vaccination for those at risk! The tests are free, and if positive the patients will be provided with linkage to care. Monday –Friday.
    To refer, contact: Aaron Vanderhoff, Hepatitis Coordinator <[email protected]>  (212) 222-3882 x122

Tools for Health Educators

Radio Spots for the African Community: Advertising Free Testing at African Services Committee.
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Patient Educational Materials – In language