Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe, inexpensive and repeatable technique that is used worldwide as first line diagnosis of liver disease; it can be applied as a point-of-care test at bedside, and its use improves outcomes in emergency scenario. Ultrasound examination of the liver would markedly improve the accuracy of diagnosis of advanced chronic liver disease in low income countries. Unfortunately, the lack of diagnostic devices and ultrasound devices, and operators with adequate expertise is a major issue, particularly in low income countries. To address this problem, the Foundation is looking to build a multi-stakeholder partnership to scale up screening, care and treatment services for chronic viral hepatitis in low income countries in Africa.
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