I Problems about Hep B in China
Currently in China, more than 93 million Hep B virus carriers are facing all kinds of problems in their lives, such as medical treatment insufficiency, incorrect treatment, exaggerated advertisements flood, medicine advocacy, social insurance problems.
What is the worst, this huge group are generally discriminated in education, employment, marriage, family etc.
Statistics in 2005 from Chinese Medical Association shows that 52% HBV carriers lost their jobs and education opportunities because of HBV carrying; Survey report from China Foundation for Hepatitis Prevention and Cure published in June, 2007 shows that nearly 80 percent foreign-funded company in China refuse employing HBV carriers; besides, in current Chinese laws, at least 20 laws contain discrimination articles against HBV carriers.
II Supporting Hep B patient groups is quite necessary and has many advantageous factors.
To resolve those serious problems Hep B patients are facing, it is urgent to promote the construction and growth of Hep B patient groups. Grass root Hep B patient groups are the most convenient and effective groups to work among Hep B patients and HBV carriers. They are much more effective and convenient than hospital, public health department and any other government agency in launching treatment education, drug advocacy, anti-discrimination education and various kinds of research and survey in Hep B patients and HBV carriers. Moreover, it is low cost to run grass root Hep B patient groups. With little money, it can support many grass root Hep B patient groups. So far, there are 14 grass root Hep B patient groups in 9 provinces, but Hep B patient groups constructing is just the beginning. Compared with hundreds of HIV/AIDS groups and thousands of homosexual groups, the number of Hep B patient groups is quite few.
Moreover, in promoting Hep B patient groups construction, it has advantageous factors: the number of HBV carries is quite huge, some of them have already clustered through internet. They have done many-year work for anti-Hep B discrimination and stigma and they were so successful in advocating the government to modify some of those discrimination laws and regulations.
Obviously, if there is a project to support these Hep B patient groups, we can effectively help the largest Hep B population in the world.