Screening, Vaccination, and Referrals as Viral Hepatitis Elimination Triad Among Internally Displaced Persons in Edo State, Nigeria
Hepatitis B remains a significant health challenge in Nigeria. In 2004, the Nigerian National Programme on Immunization (NPI) began routine HepB vaccination for children aged 0–5 years; in 2018, HepB immunization coverage of children was 57% nationally but there are much lower rates in some areas, such as northern Nigeria. With large population movements in the Northern region there are needs for studies of burden of disease and access to viral hepatitis prevention services for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in particular. This study aimed at determining the HBsAg prevalence and risk factors for viral hepatitis among IDPs in Edo state, Nigeria.
Watch this author interview to hear from Dr. Odiamyo about the study motivations, findings, and next steps for addressing viral hepatitis among IDPs in Edo State.
Additional background reading:
International Displacement Monitoring Center Nigeria Country Information
UNICEF Report- Lost at Home: The Risks and Challenges for Internally Displaced Children and the Urgent Actions Needed to Protect Them