In Mumbai, India, the next generation of leaders is already demonstrating much-needed leadership, as they tackle the crucial health issue of Hepatitis infections. For the last three years, United Way Mumbai and its partners have empowered youth with the resources and training they need to stop the spread of Hepatitis B, and their results are an inspiration to people all over the world.
So far, over 10,000 people in high-risk populations have been tested, and nearly 9,000 people have been vaccinated for Hepatitis B. Over 9,000 college youth, public health personnel and community members have been trained as health educators, and over 1.2 million people have been educated with information about Hepatitis infections. United Way Mumbai aims to expand its health education and awareness program to 2 million people by September 2014.
A silent epidemic, viral hepatitis is the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. In India alone, an estimated 40 million people are living with Hepatitis B, and an additional 15 million with Hepatitis C. That may sound like an insurmountable challenge, but United Way Mumbai is committed to reversing the trend. Their ongoing success story is proof that ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference when they join forces with experts and organizations committed to positive change.
United Way Mumbai has brought together non-governmental organizations, academia, the public health department, and young people to create a healthier community for all.
What health issue do you want to address in your community? Do you want to help expand access to affordable health care? Do you want to help increase the availability of healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity?
We encourage you to reach out to your local United Way and find out about opportunities to give, to advocate, and to volunteer. And don’t forget that income and education are also essential for a healthy life and a healthy community. With that in mind, think about making a difference in a child’s life by taking the pledge to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor. That’s what it takes to create lasting solutions that build opportunity for all. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.