Hep Test Series
To begin to systematically address the barriers that limit access to HBV and HCV testing, the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination is convening a series of webinars for Hep Test, a community of practice for global, national and local stakeholders committed to the scale-up of HBV and HCV testing to reach goals for hepatitis elimination.
The objectives of HepTest are to:
1) Share challenges and lessons learned in scaling-up HBV and HCV testing;
2) Build support for testing programs;
3) Disseminate innovations in test technologies and strategies; and
4) Identify new research needs.
The series kicked off during the United Nations General Assembly to reinforce the Sustainable Development Goal 3.3, “combatting viral hepatitis.” The convening of Hep Test is also in step with the 2020 UNGA theme of “Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism. “The Hep Test community of practice will then meet on four other occasions over the next 9 months to explore a variety of topics related to HBV and HCV testing. All webinar sessions will be recorded for later viewing and published with a summary report. The takeaways from the series will be shared during the World Health Assembly 2021 and a published commentary.