Hepatitis C has a catastrophic impact on people’s lives. According to UNODC’s World Drug Report, of the 12 million people injecting drugs globally, 6.1 million are living with the terrible effects of hepatitis C.
There is positive news. Advances in medicine mean there are effective treatments for this disease; including from World Health Organization (WHO), which has just recently pre-qualified the first generic hepatitis C medicine. This will hopefully ensure that many more people receive the benefits of medicine and science.
We need to remove barriers to expand hepatitis B and C prevention, testing and treatment to everyone. People in prisons should be able to access hepatitis prevention and treatment services that are equal to those offered in communities. Such efforts will help reduce the spread of hepatitis C in prison populations, but also in the wider community.