University of Namibia concludes a campaign on how to eliminate Hepatitis E while handing over 1 000 bars of soap to affected communities

The University of Namibia (UNAM) yesterday concluded a campaign creating awareness and educating the public on how to eliminate Hepatitis E while handing over 1 000 bars of soap to affected communities.

The campaign under the theme 'Kick OutHep E' came after academics from the UNAM Social Work Department with partners from Cardiff University decided to collect the soap for people in Windhoek's SamoraMachel, Tobias Hainyeko, Moses Garoeb and Otjomuise constituencies.

According to a statement issued yesterday, a research programme which started in early May this year found that practices such as sharing a glass of Tombo, a traditionally brewed drink, is one of the various contributing factors that spread Hepatitis E.

The research discovered that there is generally a low level of knowledge and understanding of transmission, management and prevention of diseases.

The statement said in response to the findings of the research, Cardiff University in close collaboration with UNAM students from the Visual Arts Department and the Social Work Department committed to develop a communication strategy to raise awareness and education to 'Kick OutHep E'.

As of 27 January 2019, a total number of 4 432 cases of Hepatitis E have been reported in Namibia, with 40 deaths.

Source: Namibia Press Agency