The Social Entrepreneurship for Sexual Health (SESH) team, in collaboration with the WHO Global Hepatitis Program, is organizing an innovation contest on hepatitis B and C testing.
The purpose of this contest is to identify innovative examples of delivering hepatitis B and C testing that will be highlighted within the 2016 WHO Hepatitis Testing Guidelines.
The innovation could be delivery to a new population, in a new setting, or a new messaging approach to encourage testing uptake. The goal is to identify interventions aimed to increase testing, providing real-world examples to be used alongside recommendations on testing approaches in the forthcoming guidelines.
All applicants should submit a form of a 300-500 word description of the innovation and its impact, by March 1, 2016. Submissions in English are encouraged; however, they will accept entries in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.
The entry should include four components: 1) Testing model: a description of how the testing is being promoted and how testing happens; 2) Innovation: a description of what is novel with regard to promoting uptake of testing (eg. setting, population, messaging etc.); 3) Effectiveness: data to support increased uptake of testing (focused on number of tests performed, but including data on people linked to care, if available) 4) Next steps: plan for continuing this work. Submission guidelines can be found in the video below.
Selections will be made in March, with the top entries receiving feedback and an opportunity to resubmit a revised version to be included in the WHO Hepatitis Testing Guidelines.