According to WHO estimates, approximately 10 million people are suffering from hepatitis in Pakistan. Out of five types of hepatitis namely A, B, C, D and E, hepatitis B and C have the highest mortality; approximately 4-5 million people are suffering from Hepatitis B and about 4-6 million suffer from Hepatitis C.
Unsafe drinking water, unscreened blood transfusions and un-sterilized/used syringes and shaving razors have made Hepatitis one of Pakistan’s greatest health concerns. Hepatitis A and E are caused by oral infection, contaminated water and unhygienic food. Hepatitis B, C and D are caused by un-sterilized syringes, contaminated shaving razors, sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, and from mothers to infants. recently a village Prim Kot in district Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir has been identified where more than 25% of the village population is suspected to be infected by hepatitis B and (or) C.
The University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is located in Muzaffarabad City but students from all over the state, Northern Areas and all the four provinces of Pakistan are pursuing their education in this institution. By implementing this project in AJK University a country wide awareness and impact can be generated in a very economical and effective manner.
To reduce the occurrence of hepatitis, RAHMA started hepatitis screening and treatment project in cooperation with University of Azad Kashmir – Muzaffarabad. In this project, RAHMA will screen 6000 students and 1000 staff members of University of AJK against the incidence of hepatitis. Identified individuals will be treated afterwards.