Behind the hidden epidemic of chronic hepatitis B in Ghana: testing, treatment, disclosure concerns, and stigmatisation

Charles Ampong Adjei

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Hepatitis B viral (HBV) infection remains an important public health concern particularly in Africa. In Ghana, about 12.3% of the adult population are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus. The main objective of this dissertation is to better understand the hepatitis B testing and treatment cascade, in addition to exploring psychosocial concerns for people with hepatitis B (PWHB) in Ghana. These studies were necessary to assist in developing culturally appropriate interventions that could enhance Ghana’s chance of achieving hepatitis B elimination in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) target by 2030.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Ruiter, Rob, Supervisor
  • Stutterheim, Sarah, Co-Supervisor
  • Naab, Florence, Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date3 May 2021
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789464232387
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Hepatitis B
  • testing
  • treatment
  • disclosure
  • stigmatisation
  • Ghana

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