World Hepatitis Day: 2022 Photo & Video Contest Winners Highlight "#Hepatitis Elimination in Action"
The Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination recognizes World Hepatitis Day 2022 by sharing the hepatitis elimination stories of the winners of the 2022 Global Photo and Video Contest. These winning organizations/individuals include Care for Social Welfare International (CASWI) [Nigeria], Hepatitis Alliance of Ghana, Great Lakes Peace Center (Uganda), Hepatitis Aid Organization (Uganda), Budi Lukmanto Foundation (Indonesia), Impact Mission Ghana, Community Vision Group (Cameroon), Hep Initiative (Zambia), National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh, Rise Against Hepatitis Global Initiative (Nigeria), and by Arpan Basu Chowdhury (India).
The theme of the 2022 Photo and Video Contest was #HepatitisEliminationinAction. Partners were invited to submit photos and/or videos to three categories:
- Hepatitis B birth dose vaccination: Making sure every child is protected against hepatitis B
- Hepatitis B and C testing: Finding the Missing Millions
- Equity in the pursuit of elimination: Ensuring all persons have access to hepatitis B and C prevention, testing, and treatment
In all, 112 photos and 19 videos were submitted from 14 organizations in 12 countries. A panel of three judges selected by the Coalition evaluated the photos and videos (Danjuma Adda from the World Hepatitis Alliance, Rachel Gonzalez from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and 2021 Hepatitis Elimination Champion, and Mila Maistat from the Medicines Patent Pool and CGHE Technical Advisory Board Member). Based on highest evaluation scores, one grand prize photo and one grand prize video and up to two photos and two videos were awarded per category. The top photos and videos reflect the boots-on-the-groundwork of hepatitis B and C elimination. Dive into the stories behind the winning photos and videos below.
Grand Prize Winners
Photo: National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh, submitted by Zunaid Murshed Paiker
“A teenage girl smiling during the hepatitis testing campaign. Her smile gives immense encouragement to her friends, those who are waiting in the queue for testing. This moment was captured during the #FindtheMissingMillions Viral Hepatitis Awareness & Free Screening Program at Bondhushava Jatiya Bondhu Somabesh 2020, 7-8 Feb 2020 , Gazipur, Bangladesh. This event was organized by the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh.”
Video: Great Lakes Peace Center, Uganda, submitted by Arafat Bwambale
“Great Lakes Peace Center (GLPC) is a grass-roots, youth-led organization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, GLPC mobilized and organized volunteers to maintain hepatitis health care services for vulnerable rural community members who live in hard to reach areas, especially the mountainous Rwenzori region. In June 2020, the Ugandan President put in place a lockdown with no public and private transport allowed and schools and institutions of higher learning were closed for 42 days.
During this time, GLPC volunteers became even more committed to serve vulnerable community members in secluded places in the pursuit of elimination. Five young volunteers who had been under lock down were rallied to deliver medicine, including Tenofovir (TDF), and take blood for viral load testing to ensure viral load suppression during the lockdown. The team borrowed motorcycles from friends, raised funds for fuel and found other ways to reach the vulnerable groups by foot or bicycle. An emergency phone line (+256706837769 ) and the group offered psychosocial support by working with a committee of people living with viral hepatitis B, liver cancer, diabetes and hypertension. Despite the Rwenzori topography, over 250 patients were reached.”
Category 1: Hepatitis B birth dose vaccination: Making sure every child is protected against hepatitis B
Co-First Place: Care for Social Welfare International (CASWI), Nigeria, submitted by Ifeanyi Damian
“This photo depicts a grateful pregnant mother on June 24, 2021 showing her support for a hepatitis free generation. She is posing with a written card to encourage other mothers to know their hepatitis Band C status.”
Co-First Place: Hepatitis Alliance of Ghana, submitted by Charles Adjei
“The photo depicts a group of midwives receiving training on the importance of administering the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine to prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B in Ghana. These are midwives working mostly in rural and peri-urban areas in Ghana where such training rarely occurs.”
Runner-Up: Hepatitis Aid Organization (HAO), Uganda, submitted by Lutamaguzi Emma Bakojja
“On 15th October 2020 - cancer awareness month; the Hepatitis Aid Organization in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Uganda Cancer Institute and Central Public Health Laboratories held a hepatitis B health camp at Kawempe National Referral Hospital for urban pregnant women and new mothers from Kampala. 60 new mothers and 15 pregnant women were engaged in a HBV health talk. These women were encouraged to take their children for the routine pentavalent vaccination at 6, 10 and 14 weeks to protect them against future HBV infections. They were asked to advocate for the introduction of the HepB birth dose with local leaders as they come for the 2021 election campaigns.”
Category 2: Hepatitis B and C testing: Finding the Missing Millions
First Place: Budi Lukmanto Foundation, Indonesia, submitted by Edhie Purwanto
“This photo was taken when the Budi Lukmanto Foundation screened children for hepatitis B at the Van Der Steur Orphanage on May 14, 2022 in Jakarta. Budi Lukmanto Foundation is a small non-profit, which plays a role in the elimination of the hepatitis B virus in Indonesia. Edhie Purwanto who took this photo is living with hepatitis B, so he is very passionate about preventing hepatitis B virus infection for others.”
Co-Runner-Up: Impact Mission Ghana, submitted by Wisdom Apusiga
“In 2018, Wisdom felt the need to support her community in any way possible and chose to offer free hepatitis B screening to reach this goal. After successfully screening 475 community members, 39 tested positive. There were general calls to extend the program to other communities. Since then, Impact Mission Ghana has provided free screening to almost 5,000 people, mostly in rural communities in Ghana. Impact Mission Ghana has also found innovative ways to improve awareness on information related to viral hepatitis and has received national and international recognition for fighting viral hepatitis in Ghana where the prevalence of hepatitis B is 12.3%. To date, Impact Mission Ghana has identified almost 300 persons among the missing millions and protected thousands through vaccination.”
Co-Runner-Up: Community Vision Group, Cameroon, submitted by Gilbert Ngwaneh Miki
“The picture captures a Community Vision Group (CVG) Volunteer during the official launch of the Athletes for Hepatitis B campaign in May 2022, Bamenda North West Region of Cameroon. The key message depicts the urgency of the time to screen for hepatitis as a way to finding the missing millions.”
Co-Runner-Up: Hep Initiative, Zambia, submitted by Mwape Chisonde
“According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that 541,337 people are living with hepatitis B in Zambia. HEP initiative raises awareness of hepatitis amongst medical students and assesses the seroprevalence of hepatitis B. This picture shows medical students from Chreso University in Lusaka District screening community members.”
First Place: Community Vision Group, Cameroon, submitted by Gilbert Ngwaneh Miki
“This video reveals Community Vision Group’s (CVG’s) commitment to mass media as a way to encourage hepatitis screening. The volunteers take the conversation (on hepatitis) over the radio, with the general public calling in for questions and answers. This is a monthly programme and CVG hopes to make it weekly, given the availability of resources over time.”
3. Equity in the pursuit of elimination: Ensuring all persons have access to hepatitis B and C prevention, testing, and treatment
First Place: National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh, submitted by Zunaid Murshed Paiker
“National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh organized the Nilphamari Viral Hepatitis Awareness, Testing & Vaccination Programme on November 30, 2021 at Nilphamari, Bangladesh." This photo features children who were taught the basics of viral hepatitis and the importance of vaccination, reflecting how it is key to raise awareness of viral hepatitis among all ages in order to achieve future hepatitis-free generations.
Co-Runner-Up: Rise Against Hepatitis Global Initiative, Nigeria, submitted by Adesuwa Oni
“This sensitization took place at Bodija market in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria on 2nd February, 2022 by sharing flyers to people visiting the market." This activity is important for reaching women and new audiences with awareness of the importance of hepatitis B vaccination and HBV and HCV screening.
Co-Runner-Up: Care for Social Welfare International (CASWI), Nigeria, submitted by Ifeanyi Damian
“Here Care for Social Welfare International staff are vaccinating police service personnel against hepatitis B at an outreach event to ensure all classes of people in Cross River State have equal access to hepatitis B and C services at their office establishments. This photo was taken on July 30th, 2020.”
Co-Runner-Up: Submitted by Arpan Basu Chowdhury (Independent photographer), India
“A healthcare worker gives a Pentavalent vaccine to a 6-week-old baby at a government funded rural health clinic on the remote island of Sunderbans, India on 13th August, 2020. Reaching across the hospital bed to maintain social distancing measures, her face is concealed by the swathes of silken yellow fabric fashioned into a face mask. The makeshift PPE is a visual reminder of the struggles healthcare workers face in rural settings. Here, boats are the only form of transportation and supply deliveries are irregular. As one of only three nurses on the island charged with serving the diverse health needs of the 20,000 strong population, innovation is essential. But against all odds they are fighting to create a healthier future for all.”