New article- Initial success from a public health approach to hepatitis C testing, treatment and cure in seven countries: the road to elimination
The Clinton Health Access Initiative and partners have recently published a new manuscript, “Initial success from a public health approach to hepatitis C testing, treatment and cure in seven countries: the road to elimination” in BMJ Global Health. The article details the results of five years of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) support to governments as they initiate and scale up hepatitis C programs across seven low- and middle-income countries.
The manuscript describes implementation models used to provide HCV services in seven countries and shares public sector data in order to highlight successes and achievements, as well as challenges and lessons learned. Approach to program scale-up, testing and treatment volumes, diagnostic/drug price reductions, and treatment outcomes are provided in the paper to demonstrate that a decentralized public health approach has been feasible in these settings and has led to positive outcomes. Taking a forward view, the manuscript underlines the importance of further strengthening public health approaches and increasing political commitment and funding, to truly scale elimination efforts.