Global Hepatitis Contest

Global Hepatitis Contest

Working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine we launched a crowdsourcing challenge in early 2021 to gather stories and infographics from the public, with a focus on people living with and affected by hepatitis B, hepatitis C and hepatitis D.

Through analysis of the submissions, our aim is to identify barriers in people’s health seeking process and find culturally sensitive, locally appropriate solutions to improve health services delivery for viral hepatitis. Further, through sharing the contest submissions, we aim to spur the interest of health leadership and integrate community perspectives into the policy-making process.

 

Multisectoral workshops

Following the receipt of the contest submissions a series of regional and domestic multisectoral workshops will be conducted to celebrate excellent submissions, share problems and solutions and spur action.

 

Bangladesh – National Liver Foundation Bangladesh

 

The National Liver Foundation Bangladesh (NLFB) submitted two exceptional stories to the Global Hepatitis Contest, including finalist Muslima Kader Mili. We partnered with NLFB to conduct a multisectoral workshop exploring what can be done to eliminate viral hepatitis in Bangladesh.

The hybrid meeting was held at The Daily Star Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25th March 2022 and it brought together representatives from the affected community, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, medical professionals, civil society organisations, medical students along with WHA and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The meeting saw experts discuss the core interventions for hepatitis elimination as set out by the World Health Organization. Topics included:

·       Prevention of mother to child transmission

·       Injection safety and harm reduction

·       Testing and vaccination

·       Stigma, discrimination, myths and misconceptions and the role of media

 

Speakers offered interesting insight into the gains made, and the challenges that remain, with awareness and financing consistently being highlighted as critical barriers to elimination.

We were honoured to have Assistant Director, Communicable Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh give closing remarks at the meeting setting out the work done by the government of Bangladesh eliminate viral hepatitis.

 

Watch the meeting here.

 

African regional meeting

We brought together the 4 African finalists from the Global Hepatitis Contest, along with other stakeholders in the region to demonstrate how hepatitis is impacting people and communities in Africa and explore the role of different stakeholders in overcoming the challenges communities face. 

This meeting was held as a virtual pre-meeting at the Conference on Liver Disease in Africa (COLDA) on the 8 September 2021 and it saw advocates, policy makers, medical professionals and other stakeholders in the region come together to discuss what needs to happen if we are to overcome the barriers to diagnosis. The discussion explored the impact of stigma and discrimination on the response with different suggestions for combatting this put forward. With one of our finalists a young girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo the meeting also looked at the importance of hepatitis in young people and the need to engage with young people in the response.