International – WHO: More countries adopting plans to reduce hepatitis C rates

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new policy brief detailing the current landscape of hepatitis C virus (HCV) care in people who inject drugs (PWID), as well as people in prison. According to the report, there exists a need for greater awareness around HCV testing and prevention in these populations, and they believe that the introduction of new policies and legislation may be helpful for improving access to care for these and many other marginalized groups.

A review of national and regional hepatitis policies in 194 countries and territories, as well as interviews with stakeholders and key informants in 7 high-burden countries, was used as the basis of this review. Interviews with stakeholders and key informants focused on the challenges associated with increasing HCV services access among PWID, as well as people in prison. Elements that initiate care for testing and treatment were also explored. National plans that adopted recommendations for the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, 2016-2021 for PWID and people in prisons that included factors, such as harm reduction, HCV testing, and treatment were reviewed…