The project will provide free hepatitis C medicines to 500 villagers in the poorest rural areas of Mon State, Myanmar. A treatment course of generic hepatitis C drug costs 300 USD per patient. 75% population in rural areas cannot afford the drugs. The project will start in July 2018. The project provides free hepatitis C generic drugs to the high risk patients by working with local charity hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers to tackle the high cost of the drugs.
Mon State has the highest rate of HIV/Hepatitis C (10.3%) in the nation. A 12-week treatment course for hepatitis C patients with a generic drug costs 300USD. Most patients in rural areas don't receive treatments and cannot afford the high cost drugs. There are local charity clinics and hospitals providing free medical treatments for poor patients. However, these medical facilities don't offer hepatitis C treatment because of the expensive drugs. .
This project will reach out the rural population of one of the poorest areas in Mon State to provide at least 500 patients with the greatest risk of developing severe and fatal forms of hepatitis C. The project will work with one charity hospital (Jivitadana Sangha Hospital) to cover 500 patients with hepatitis C. All patients will receive free hepatitis C screening and medicine supplies. The hospital staffs will follow patient conditions by visiting them regularly.
The project will expand the partnership with local charity hospital and the ministry of health in Myanmar to plan for a Hepatitis C National Action Plan. This public-private partnership will address a need of the national public health system to create an affordable and accessible life-saving medicine program for underserved population. In particularly, to reduce the vulnerability of groups at higher risk for hepatitis C, and to promote medical treatment for the poorest.