Knowledge for Change: webinar series to educate on relevant topics within viral hepatitis

Following the success of Tools for Change, a webinar series aimed at up skilling viewers on different aspects of advocacy and the tools needed to effectively lobby for change, we are introducing Knowledge for Change.

Knowledge for Change is a webinar series aimed at educating patient and patient representatives about relevant topics in the area of viral hepatitis. These webinars featured experts in the field and provided a unique opportunity to ask questions on the topic.

PAST WEBINARS

The first two webinars in this series are on access to diagnostics and medicines.

Webinar 1: An Introduction to Access to Diagnostics

This webinar explored access to diagnostics in the viral hepatitis landscape. Diagnostic tests are the foundation of disease control and elimination and this webinar gave an introduction to the topic while touching on some of the challenges faced today.

Chair: Dr Greg Martin, Specialist Registrar, Public Health Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Globalization and Health

Panellists:

  • Raquel Peck, CEO, World Hepatitis Alliance
  • Anita Sands, Prequalification Team, Diagnostics, World Health Organisation
  • Jilian Sacks, HCV Scientist, Lab Services Team, Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Elena Ivanova, Scientific Officer, HCV & TB, FIND

View the webinar recording here.

Download the webinar slides here.

Please find below links to resources which provide further information on the information presented during the webinar.
FIND - http://www.finddx.org/
CHAI - http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/
Video by Dr Greg Martin on sensitivity and specificity of tests - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnJ3L-63Cf8
WHO list of prequalified in vitro diagnostic products - http://www.who.int/diagnostics_laboratory/evaluations/PQ_list/en/
General information on WHO prequalification of in vitro diagnostics - http://www.who.int/diagnostics_laboratory/evaluations/en/

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Webinar 2: An Introduction to Access to Medicines

This webinar explored access to medicines specifically in the viral hepatitis landscape. With effective treatments available for hepatitis B and the increasing number of curative medicines for hepatitis C, access to medicines is becoming an incredibly important issue, but one which can be complex to understand.

Chair: Dr Greg Martin, Specialist Registrar, Public Health Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Globalization and Health

Panellists:

  • Raquel Peck, CEO, World Hepatitis Alliance
  • Karin Timmermans, Technical Manager, Intellectual Property, UNITAID
  • Dr Stefan Wiktor, Team Lead, Global Hepatitis Programme, World Health Organization
  • Esteban Burrone, Head of Policy, Medicines Patent Pool

View the webinar recording here.

Download the webinar slides here.

For more information on access to medicines please see the webinars that This Week in Global Health, chaired by Dr Greg Martin, did on the topic:
- Part I: Introduction - access to medicines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSCqgPzUgD8
- Part II: The R&D gap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4AJPBQ5afU
- Part III: Intellectual property https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEC4GCYJUPA
- Part IV: Working in “Access to Medicines” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxUIfalUXsU
Medicines Patent Pool - http://www.medicinespatentpool.org/
UNITAID - http://www.unitaid.eu/en/

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Webinar 3: An Introduction to Accessing Generic Hepatitis C Medicines

Following the success of the first two webinars in this series the webinar on generic hepatitis C medicines continued to explore the issue of access.

With presentations on, and discussions around, the legalities, quality and performance of generic hepatitis C medicines and the ways in which people are accessing them this webinar provided an introduction to the topic. It also gave viewers the opportunity to ask questions to experts working in this field.

Panellists:

  • Raquel Peck, CEO, World Hepatitis Alliance
  • Erika Duenas, Advocacy Officer, Medicines Patent Pool 
  • Andrew Hill, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, University of Liverpool
  • Giten Khwairakpam, Project Manager for Community and Policy, TREAT Asia

View the webinar recording here.

Download the webinar slides here.

To access the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis: 2016-2021 please see here.
To access the World Health Organization alert on counterfeit generic hepatitis C drugs please see here.