Despite War, Ukranian NGO Maintains Hepatitis C Coverage

Source: APH

A recent article published on Medscape by Becky McCall highlights the work of the Ukranian non-governmental organization Alliance for Public Health during the ongoing war.

Ukraine has one of the highest rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection globally, largely driven by injection drug use. The Russian invasion in February 2022 severely disrupted HCV screening, testing, and treatment nationwide. However, the Alliance for Public Health (APH), a Ukrainian NGO, has taken monumental steps to restore HCV care.

APH established mobile clinics to bring diagnostic testing and medications to displaced Ukrainians and those in frontline areas. They also set up an emergency response program called #HelpNow to help refugees reconnect to healthcare and treatment abroad.

Despite the challenges of war, APH has provided thousands of displaced Ukrainians with HCV testing and medications. Their innovative treatment model has maintained high rates of retention and effectiveness. APH’s perseverance in restoring HCV care, even along the frontlines, provides a powerful example of public health leadership amid crisis.

Read the full story on Medscape (free registration required).

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