Hep Test Webinar Series
To begin to systematically address the barriers that limit access to HBV and HCV testing, CGHE is convening a webinar series called Hep Test to foster a community of practice of global, national and local stakeholders committed to the scale-up of HBV and HCV testing to reach goals for hepatitis elimination.
The objectives of the Hep Test webinar series 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.
Launch of HCV Elimination Tool
On June 30th, in a Hep Test webinar, the Coalition launched the HCV Global Elimination Tool, a new web-based resource to support hepatitis programs in budget-based planning developed by Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination. The tool allows users to set country-specific elimination goals, select screening strategies, and then compare the costs and impact of various scale-up strategies.