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