Viral Hepatitis Health Care Worker Risk Factor Research Project
In 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), initiated an effort with FIRE, the Mongolian Academy of Medical Sciences (MAMS), and the Mongolian Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS), to study the prevalence of blood borne viruses among 1,000 health care workers in Mongolia. NIH has scientifically studied the samples, and FIRE has also conducted a risk factor questionnaire with all participants.The test results from NIH and the questionnaire responses will be analyzed to provide a greater understanding of the source of hepatitis in the health care environment.
This study will provide useful data to help form health policy and develop strategies for increasing awareness, prevention, detection, and (Health care worker giving blood) treatment among health care workers. This study has gained the professional expertise and support of leading hepatitis researchers from within NIH, such as Dr. Harvey Alter, who led the research team that identified hepatitis C.The final report is due in early 2016.