71 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the world and a vast majority of people with the disease live in China, India, Egypt and Indonesia. This World Hepatitis Day, learn how our teams are fighting against this deadly disease
MSF observed World Hepatitis Day at the PL Sharma District Hospital in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh where MSF runs a pilot project for the treatment of Hepatitis C providing patients with free testing and treatment. MSF held a rally with patients treated at the clinic and staff to raise awareness about the disease.
A combination of generic drugs coupled with a comprehensive patient support model has shown promising results in a pilot project run by MSF in Ukraine. When scaled up, it can substantially accelerate hepatitis C treatment in a country where over five per cent of the population – or at least two million people – are estimated to be infected by the hepatitis C virus.
In January 2017, MSF, in collaboration with the National Health Mission in Uttar Pradesh, started a pilot hepatitis project in Meerut city. Uttar Pradesh is one of the largest Indian states and has an estimated population of more than 200 million people.
Uttar Pradesh: "Hepatitis C is more than a disease"
Sevantee Ghosh, a medical doctor from Kolkata, has been working with MSF’s hepatitis C project in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, since January 2017. In this piece, she looks back on a year of treating hepatitis C.