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Hep B Birth Dose in the African Region (Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination)

August 2 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

Hep B birth dose in the African region: Bridging Science and Advocacy to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of Hep B

August 2 (8 – 10 AM)

This World Hepatitis Day (WHD), the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE) seeks to highlight the continued urgency of implementing Hep B birth dose and showcase progress in HepB birth dose policy development, research, and advocacy. CGHE will convene a virtual session of the HepB Birth Dose Community of Practice to discuss recent developments and current priorities for accelerating access to HepB birth dose vaccine.

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Program Description


  • Remarks from Dr. Henry Njuguna and Dr. John Ward, Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination
  • Remarks from Dr. Julien Kabore, WHO AFRO
  • Brief presentation on setting the stage
    • Newly released 2021 HepB birth dose coverage
    • Overview of status of HepB birth dose policies

Highlights in policy development

  • Presentation from Uganda NITAG on new HepB birth dose recommendation (latest country to develop policy)
  • Remarks from Malawi Ministry of Health—developments in HepB birth dose planning, need for Gavi support
  • Q/A

Highlights in research

  • Presentation from Dr. Shevanthi Nayagam: Announcing a new study to determine the effectiveness of HepB birth dose vaccine (sponsored by Gavi)
  • Presentation from Dr. Yusuke Shimakawa
  • Presentation from PROLIFICA
  • Q/A

Highlights in advocacy

  • Report on CGHE initiative to fund civil society HepB birth dose campaigns
    • Presentation from Hepatitis Alliance of Ghana
    • Presentation from Hepatitis Aid Organization (Uganda)
    • Other organizations
    • Q/A

    Discussion forum

    • What needs to be done in 2022-2023 to support countries in adopting HepB birth dose policies?
    • What are research priorities for informing HepB-BD implementation?
    • What new partners can be engaged in promoting HepB birth dose?
    • What advocacy messages have been most effective to date?

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August 2
8:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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New York, NY United States
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