CABRAMATTA High School has created and launched an animated film focused on hepatitis B in a bid to help raise awareness about the virus.
The short film, Master Zanzu's hep B masterclass, discusses statistics on the virus, the ways it can be caught and where to go to get treatment.
It was created using characters made out of plasticine as a way to engage young people.
The film's narrator, Huu Manh Phat Nguyen, said the project, which ran in partnership with Cancer Council NSW, aimed to inform people about the virus so that it could be prevented.
"It's really important because the earlier we can raise awareness about it, the earlier people can get checked and if they have it, get treatment," he said.
"Prevention is the best cure."
The 17-year-old said it took 18 students, from years 10 and 11, 15 weeks to complete the film.
He said that during that time, they learnt much about the virus.
"I learnt a lot about it," Mr Nguyen said.
"Before starting the film, I didn't know what hepatitis B was.
Cancer Council NSW community educator for the hepatitis B positive program, Debbie Nguyen, said Fairfield had the highest rate of liver cancer in NSW because of hepatitis B.
"Chronic hepatitis B is a big issue in migrant communities, especially in south-east Asia, which is the reason why we came out to this area and asked students if they wanted to take part in the project," she said.
"One-third of people who have it here don't even know they have it, so we're trying to raise awareness for people to get blood tested."
Ms Nguyen said the short film would be translated into Vietnamese and Chinese before it was distributed to local libraries, community centres and schools.
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