Since its founding, the Hepatitis Zero Project has established clinics throughout Brazil, in São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, and Belo Horizonte. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of people have been screened at testing events we have held for Rotary Day, World Hepatitis Week, our own event called Hepatitis Zero Week, and others.
One of the world ambassadors for the project is Rotarian Fred Mesquita, who has traveled to more than 50 countries with the Hepatitis Zero Expedition. On his travels, he has been spreading awareness about hepatitis and, where local laws permit, conducting rapid hepatitis C tests.
In 2017 we opened a new clinic in Mexico City, and began testing and diagnosing patients for viral hepatitis. In 2013 it was estimated that almost a million people in Mexico are living with hepatitis C, and there is evidence that this number may be growing. Our goal is to increase the number of Mexicans that are diagnosed and receive treatment.
São Tomé and Príncipe
Our newest project in 2018 is in the country of São Tomé and Príncipe. It is a small island nation of about 200,000 people off the west coast of central Africa. Our goal is to perform a rapid test on 100% of the country's population.
We have the long-term goal of eliminating hepatitis in every country in Africa through our Pan African project. We are currently in the early stages of planning projects in Nigeria and Congo.
We have the long-term goal of eliminating hepatitis in every country in the Americas through our Pan American project. Testing has already taken place in a number of countries on a small scale through our Hepatitis Zero Expedition project.