Closing the gaps in the hepatitis C care cascade

Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination and 1 more


Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (UTC)

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Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination

Task Force for Global Health




Awareness Days


World Hepatitis Day

As the world seeks to achieve the WHO 2030 elimination goals, screening, diagnosis, and linkage to care have been identified as key challenges given over 50% of people living with HCV remain unaware of their status. One challenge that is sometimes overlooked is the importance of linkage to care. Without strong linkage to care, elimination programs will never be able to meet their goals. Many patients fall off the care cascade in two stages: 1) connecting from antibody to confirmatory testing and 2) confirmatory testing to treatment. Interventions- both technological and behavioral- are needed to strengthen these linkages and to re-engage patients once they have fallen out of care. In light of World Hepatitis Day and a renewed global commitment to hepatitis elimination, this webinar will map the key elimination challenges related to loss to follow-up and put forth possible solutions to reducing these gaps.


1. Introduction to the challenges
-Gaps in Current HCV Diagnostic Algorithm, Loss-to-Follow Up and Guidelines, JohnWard, Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination
-The Future of Viral Hepatitis Testing: Innovations in Testing Technologies and Approaches, Philippa Easterbrook, WHO

2. Strengthening linkages from antibody to confirmatory testing
-Significant Improvement in Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Virus Infection by a One-Step Strategy in a Central Laboratory, Francisco Rodríguez, Frías University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona
-Multicentre Evaluation of Dried Blood Spot (DBS) and Plasma Separation Card (PSC) samples for the quantitative detection of HCV RNA, Elena Ivanova, FIND

3. Strengthening linkages from diagnosis to treatment
-Real-world Experience from Rwanda, Janvier Serumundo, Rwanda Biomedical Center
-iThemba Life -Samanta Lalla-Edward, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

4. Re-engaging patients in care once they are lost to follow-up
-Real-World Experience from the US Veterans Administration, Timothy Morgan


Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination

Task Force for Global Health