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Some strategies to accelerate hepatitis testing and treatment

 


Some strategies to accelerate hepatitis testing and treatment

Here are some strategies to accelerate hepatitis testing and treatment:


  • Strong political commitment to a public health approach through universal health coverage. This means that governments should make sure that everyone has access to affordable testing and treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Scale up of access to affordable testing such as rapid diagnostics tests. Rapid diagnostic tests are a quick and easy way to test for hepatitis, and they are becoming increasingly affordable.

  • Prioritization of product registration for DAAs. DAAs are direct-acting antivirals, which are the most effective treatment for hepatitis C. Governments should prioritize the registration of DAAs so that they are available to people who need them.

  • Price reduction of treatment through increased generic competition. The price of DAAs has come down significantly in recent years due to increased generic competition. Governments should continue to promote generic competition to make DAAs even more affordable.

  • Partnership with civil society organizations. Civil society organizations can play a key role in raising awareness of hepatitis and advocating for better access to testing and treatment. Governments should work with these organizations to accelerate the elimination of hepatitis.

In addition to these strategies, there are a number of other things that can be done to accelerate hepatitis testing and treatment. These include:


  • Training healthcare providers on hepatitis. Healthcare providers need to be trained on how to diagnose and treat hepatitis. This will help to ensure that people who are infected with hepatitis are able to get the care they need.

  • Increasing awareness of hepatitis. Many people are not aware of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis, or they do not know that there is effective treatment available. Governments and civil society organizations need to raise awareness of hepatitis so that more people can get tested and treated.

  • Removing barriers to testing and treatment. There are a number of barriers to testing and treatment for hepatitis, such as cost, stigma, and lack of access to healthcare. Governments need to remove these barriers so that everyone who needs testing and treatment can get it.

By taking these steps, we can accelerate the elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat.

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