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The Hepatitis C epidemic: burden, determinants & strategies : a roadmap for Pakistan

Document type: mthesis
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Abstract: About 170 are chronically infected with hepatitis C (HCV) around the world and run the risk of developing liver cancer. In Pakistan, approximate 5% of the population are chronic carriers , affecting both genders from all age groups and social classes though certain groups suffer more. It is spread through contact with infected blood. While in developed countries this is through invasive drug use, in developing countries it through medical equipment. Determinants, play a vital role in HCV transmission and spread and are often intertwined. However, the factors much like the disease are not well understood and not contextual. As a result, there is a need to understand these factors for formulate evidence-based interventions in an efficient and equitable manner. The interventions thus far have been combined with HIV and hepatitis B strategies, thus tackling multiple diseases at once. But interventions must be more holistic and include involvement from other sectors, e.g. urban affairs and housing to make a dent in prevalence. Furthermore, with populations becoming more mobile, so has the virus. In the wake of the recent global response to viral hepatitis and recent WHO initiatives, this is the perfect time to use the momentum, develop a roadmap for Pakistan and mobilize resources and efforts. This thesis attempts to provide an understanding about the determinants and formulate a road map for Pakistan.
Authors: Asghar, A.
Country: Pakistan
Category: Research
Department: Development, Policy and Practice
Institute: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Keywords: disease prevention and control , health services
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Organization: VU - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
PAGE: 66
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute [etc.]
Year: 2012
Region: South Asia
Right: © 2012 Asghar
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Title: The Hepatitis C epidemic: burden, determinants & strategies : a roadmap for Pakistan
Training: Master of Public Health