Chinese Health Project
Our Chinese Health Project works with Chinese communities in Lanarkshire to improve their health and wellbeing.
Our work is particularly focused on raising awareness of hepatitis B testing, treatment and vaccination, but we also work to widen access to broader health services.
We do this by working with local community groups, faith communities and businesses, offering workshops covering hepatitis B, other blood borne viruses like HIV, and sexual health, and encouraging people to think about getting tested.
By taking a community approach we hope to overcome the cultural and language barriers that often prevent people from accessing support to improve their health and wellbeing.
There are an estimated 9,000 people living with hep B in Scotland with Chinese communities disproportionately affected. The scale of the issue in Scotland is not known, but research in England found that Chinese populations were up to seven times more likely to be affected by hepatitis B than the general population.
The condition can cause serious liver damage and, although it cannot be cured, it can be managed with treatment and a vaccine is available to people at risk.
Contact: Benny Cheng