The Western Pacific presents the highest estimates of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) prevalence globally. Despite early gains achieved in some national immunisation programs of the birth HBV dose, around 115 million people are still living with chronic hepatitis B across the region. Without treatment, up to a quarter of these individuals will die from cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
Addressing this level of morbidity and mortality requires leadership, commitment, know-how and a systems approach to hepatitis B clinical and response management. Amidst a global pandemic, building such programs at scale can seem impossible. So, where do we start in constructing the care cascade? Where do we find traction and resources to implement strategies? What are the priority areas for establishing services across the testing, treatment and adherence continuum? Where is focus placed to promote a balanced hepatitis B cascade of care? How do we measure success and failure in access?
This session will focus on recent achievements gained within Pacific Island Countries in development and implementation of hepatitis B responses. Bringing together policy makers, health workers and people with hepatitis B, it will highlight the challenges and talk through the change and innovation required for integrated HBV programming in Pacific health systems.
Understanding the Challenge of HBV in the Pacific & Building Support for National Response
Speaker: Polin Chan, WHO Western Pacific Regional Office
Triple Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission – The Keystone of the Cascade
Speaker: Nicole Allard, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis, VIC
Pilot to Population – Sustainable Scaling of HBV Services in Kiribati
Speaker: Rosemary Tekoaua, Kiribati Ministry of Health
Harnessing Private Partnerships for HBV Care in PNG
Speaker: Sue Huntley, Hepatitis B Free
Building A National Response for HBV in Solomon Islands
Speaker: Jackson Rakei, Solomon Islands Ministry of Health
Closing the Cascade
Speaker: Benjamin Cowie, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity