BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A number of non-governmental organizations on Sunday launched a joint project for the prevention and cure of hepatitis in China.
China Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Control Center Project will publicize information and provide training to improve both public awareness of the disease and capabilities of grassroots doctors.
The Chinese Foundation for Hepatitis Prevention and Control is in charge of the five-year project. Yang Xizhong, deputy head of the foundation, said at the launch ceremony that the project will train 400 doctors in the oil city of Karamay in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
It will also open a facility for chronic hepatitis patients in Shanghai, and train grassroots doctors in Tibet, said Yang.
U.S.-based Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will input more than 1.13 million U.S. dollars into the project in the next three years. Other groups joining the project include Shanghai Charity Foundation and Wu Jieping Medical Foundation among others.
China has almost 100 million hepatitis virus carriers, and 30 million hepatitis B and hepatitis C patients. The public know little about the disease, especially hepatitis C.