Hepatitis B in Sub-Saharan Africa - too neglected to even be a neglected disease?
The presentation is by Asgeir Johannessen, University of Oslo.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection kills more people than HIV/AIDS or malaria, but has received far less attention. Antiviral treatment for HBV effectively prevents its long-term complications, but still, less than 1% of those living with HBV receive treatment due to complex treatment guidelines, poor access to diagnostic tools, and lack of political commitment.
Dr. Johannessen's group started a pilot treatment program for hepatitis B in Ethiopia in 2015, aiming to develop a simple and locally validated treatment guideline. This session will give insight into his work in Ethiopia and current and future challenges in managing HBV infection in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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