A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis C Virus as a Public Health Threat in the Maltese Islands 2018-2025 (National program)

A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis C Virus as a Public Health Threat in the Maltese Islands 2018-2025 (National program)

Virus targets
Hepatitis C
Type
Testing and treatment implementation
Setting
National
Phase
Active
Health outcomes
Prevalence
WHO region
European Region
Target goal
Country
Malta
Key interventions
Blood safety
HCV treatment
Injection safety and infection control
Persons who inject drugs: HCV cure as prevention
Persons who inject drugs: Medication assisted therapy
Persons who inject drugs: Syringe service program(s)
Prevention mother-child transmission
Treatment (direct or referral)
Target population
Adults
All ages
Children 12-17
Children 5-11
Children Under 5
Persons who inject drugs
Performance target
Care cascade: HCV treatment
Care cascade: Referred for treatment
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Health outcomes additional info

100% reduction in prevalence by 2025

Performance target additional info

100% of persons diagnosed with Hep C in Malta are treated by 2025

Summary and objectives

By 2025, the Ministry for Health envisions that the transmission of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) will be halted in Malta and that people living with HCV will have access to safe, affordable and effective prevention, testing, care and treatment. This strategy, launched in 2018, was prepared following the signing of the São Paulo Declaration on Viral Hepatitis at the World Hepatitis Summit 2017, committing Malta to meet WHO’s elimination targets.

The strategy describes a comprehensive, integrated and multisectoral approach encompassing four major areas: prevention, screening and diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring and governance. The main investment is in the Direct-Acting Antiviral therapy which has now been included in the Government Formulary List and is thus freely available to those entitled to free health care within the health system. This is complemented by other public health measures to ensure a steady decline in prevalence and incidence, focussing on targeted populations. To ensure implementation, all actions will be monitored and reviewed regularly.