World Hepatitis Summit Side Event

World Hepatitis Summit Side Event on Crowdsourcing for Hepatitis Advocacy and Public Engagement

Date & time: Wednesday 8 June, 2022, 10:30am-12:00pm CET

Host: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Location: The Hepatitis Fund, 31-33 Avenue Giusepee-Motta, CH1202, Geneva

Partners: World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), World Hepatitis Summit brought to you by WHA and co-sponsored by World Health Organization, The Hepatitis Fund

Chairs: Dr Joseph D Tucker (in-person) and Dr. Dan Wu (online)

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Agenda:

Item Format Speakers Time
Introductions MC, in-person Joseph Tucker (UNC, LSHTM) 2 minutes
Welcome remarks Speaker, in-person Meg Doherty (WHO) 2 minutes
Introduction to the event Speaker, in-person Jessica Hicks

(World Hepatitis Alliance)
3 minutes
Participatory activity with Mentimeter Speaker, online and in-person Joseph Tucker 5 minutes
Importance of public engagement in hepatitis Speaker, online Dan Wu (LSHTM, Sichuan University) 5 minutes
Hepatitis advocacy themes from open call submissions Speaker, in-person Eneyi Kpokiri

(LSHTM)
5 minutes
Finalist 1 (Bangladesh) presentation on advocacy & inspirations + Q&A Speaker, in-person Zunaid Paiker (National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh) 3+2 minutes
Finalist 2 (Philippines) pre-recorded presentation on advocacy & inspirations + Q&A Speaker, online Chris Munoz

(Yellow Warriors Society Philippines)
3+2 minutes
Finalist video presentations from open call: Congo on child infection, China on hepatitis during COVID, Argentina on HCV cure Pre-recorded videos Play videos 6 minutes
Panel on hepatitis advocacy

(Panellists to be announced)
Panel discussion, in-person Jessica Hicks (WHA), Chair 40 minutes
Q&A for panellists from the audience In-person Eneyi Kpokiri (Chair) 10 minutes
Final remarks In-person Charles Gore 2 minutes
Conclusion In-person Joseph D Tucker 2 minutes

Background: Public engagement is a critical component of national hepatitis responses, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Crowdsourcing can enhance public engagement in hepatitis services. Crowdsourcing has a group of individuals solve a problem, then shares selected solutions with the public.1 Crowdsourcing has been used to inform global hepatitis guidelines,2 inform hepatitis testing interventions,3 and decrease hepatitis stigma.4 We organized a global crowdsourcing open call to solicit hepatitis stories to spur policy change. We received 119 submissions from 27 countries and have shared top-ranked submissions on the NOhep website (here). Our team was thrilled at the quantity and quality of the submissions. Notable finalists are here, here, and here.

Side event format: 90-minute hybrid in-person and online meeting with high-level experts, also livestreamed

Purpose of satellite:

(1) To disseminate NOhep hepatitis advocacy messages identified through the global open call to a diverse global audience

(2) To celebrate compelling civil society groups that are contributing to global efforts towards hepatitis elimination

References

1. WHO/TDR/SESH/SIHI. Crowdsourcing in Health and Health Research: A Practical Guide. Geneva: WHO/TDR, 2018.

2. Tucker JD, Meyers K, Best J, et al. The HepTestContest: a global innovation contest to identify approaches to hepatitis B and C testing. BMC Infect Dis 2017; 17(Suppl 1): 701.

3. Fitzpatrick T, Tang W, Mollan K, et al. A crowdsourced intervention to promote hepatitis B and C testing among men who have sex with men in China: A nationwide online randomized controlled trial. EClinicalMedicine 2019; 16: 64-73.

4. Shen K, Yang NS, Huang W, et al. A crowdsourced intervention to decrease hepatitis B stigma in men who have sex with men in China: A cohort study. J Viral Hepat 2020; 27(2): 135-42.