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The forgotten people: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection as a priority for the inclusion health agenda

Martyn, Emily; Eisen, Sarah; Longley, Nicky; Harris, Philippa; Surey, Julian; Norman, James; Brown, Michael; ... Matthews, Philippa C; + view all (2023) The forgotten people: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection as a priority for the inclusion health agenda. eLife , 12 , Article e81070. 10.7554/eLife.81070. Green open access

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Abstract

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection represents a significant global health threat, accounting for 300 million chronic infections and up to 1 million deaths each year. HBV disproportionately affects people who are under-served by health systems due to social exclusion, and can further amplify inequities through its impact on physical and mental health, relationship with stigma and discrimination, and economic costs. The 'inclusion health' agenda focuses on excluded and vulnerable populations, who often experience barriers to accessing healthcare, and are under-represented by research, resources, interventions, advocacy, and policy. In this article, we assimilate evidence to establish HBV on the inclusion health agenda, and consider how this view can inform provision of better approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. We suggest approaches to redress the unmet need for HBV interventions among excluded populations as an imperative to progress the global goal for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat.

Type: Article
Title: The forgotten people: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection as a priority for the inclusion health agenda
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.81070
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.81070
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third-party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Elimination, epidemiology, global health, health inequality, hepatitis b virus, homelessness, inclusion health, infectious disease, microbiology, public health, refugee health, sustainable development goals
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Infection and Immunity
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164899
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