CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateINDIA: Govt Announces Project to Provide Affordable Hepatitis Care
July 30, 2013
Hindustan Times (New Delhi) (07.27.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
On July 27, the day before World Hepatitis Day, India’s government announced a pilot project, in collaboration with New Delhi’s Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), to treat hepatitis B and C. ILBS designed the Hepatitis Awareness Assistance and Treatment Support (HAATS) initiative to provide individuals with affordable medications and to undertake research to develop a hepatitis C vaccine. HAATS also launched a Web site to assist with handling needle stick injuries. According to Dr. Shiv Sarin, ILBS director, hepatitis B infected approximately 40 million individuals in India and hepatitis C infected approximately 15 million. Treatment was expensive, but the HAATS initiative hoped to lower the cost of treatments for individuals.