Publications & Reports

Expanding access to treatment for hepatitis C in resource-limited settings: lessons from HIV/AIDS.

Nathan Ford, Kasha Singh, Graham S Cooke, Edward J Mills, Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Philipp du Cros
Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, Switzerland. [email protected]


The need to improve access to care and treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in resource-limited settings is receiving increasing attention. Key priorities for scaling up HCV treatment and care include reducing the cost of current and future treatment; simplifying the package of care; identifying opportunities to shift specific tasks to nonspecialists to overcome human resource constraints; service integration with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) clinics, prison health services, and needle syringe and oral substitution therapy programs; improving surveillance, monitoring, and research; encouraging patient and community engagement; focusing specifically on the needs of vulnerable groups; and increasing financial and political commitment. Many of these obstacles have been addressed in rolling out treatment for human immunodeficiency virus during the last decade, and a number of lessons can be drawn to help improve access to HCV care.


  • Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • Published: 01/05/2012
  • Volume: 54
  • Issue: 10
  • Pagination: 1465-1472