The hepatitis C website is a toolkit built by journalists for journalists to expose the complex issues thwarting prevention and treatment of this disease. It also features a database of hepatitis C experts from around the world that can be consulted on a range of issues.
The many resources on the website are organized by theme and are specifically designed to help journalists provide strong and accurate coverage of this infectious disease.
Each module also includes video interviews with leading experts on hepatitis C.
“Approximately 150 million people in the world are infected with the hepatitis C virus. And the majority of them do not even know it.” Dr. Jean-Michel Pawlotsky explains in this interview how the hepatitis C virus is transmitted. Moreover, screening patients to look for infections and giving them access to care is pivotal in combating the virus. Dr. Pawlostky also explains that chronic infectious with the hepatitis C virus pose significant overall health risks and can cause diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. However, new medicines exist that can cure the infection in the majority of cases.
“In some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa 1 in 4 IV drug users is infected with the hepatitis C virus.” Dr. Karine Lacombe explains that in high risk groups the prevalence of infection can be up to 30% and that effective measures for screening donated blood supplies have not always been implemented. The WHO estimates that this results in up to 5 million new hepatitis C infections every year. According to Dr. Lacombe, the global community should respond by an integrated approach to healthcare issues, for instance through using the facilities and tactics put in place in Africa to help HIV patients. They will benefit other transmittable diseases such as hepatitis C.