In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
Eliminating hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Australia is now a possibility, with the listing of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs on the PBS. But this is one step in the path towards elimination.
Burnet will also make a major contribution in global efforts to eliminate hepatitis B & C as major health threats. This includes supporting vital research underway by our researchers to create a novel, effective, low-cost HCV vaccine suitable for resource-constrained countries.
Burnet Institute’s Eliminate Viral Hepatitis strategy is focussed on:
Working together, with research organisations, governments, the community and affected populations, Burnet will help change the course of hepatitis C infection and its impact as a public health threat.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects more than 250,000 Australians resulting in up to 630 deaths from liver cancer and liver failure each year. Globally, more than 500,000 people die from HCV-related causes.
The ambitious journey to eliminate viral hepatitis has begun.
Deputy Director (Programs); Adjunct Professor, Monash University, DEPM.