100&Change: 2020

Ending Hepatitis C in Rwanda

Unprecedented comprehensive nationwide effort to eliminate hepatitis C from Rwanda through partnership between the Ministry of Health and ICAP at Columbia University.

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100&Change: 2020
Subject
Health
Current Work Location
  • Eastern Province, Rwanda
  • Western Province, Rwanda
  • Southern Province, Rwanda
  • Northern Province, Rwanda
  • Kigali Province, Rwanda
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Eastern Province, Rwanda
  • Western Province, Rwanda
  • Southern Province, Rwanda
  • Northern Province, Rwanda
  • Kigali Province, Rwanda
Priority Populations:
  • Families
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • People with diseases and illnesses
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being

Executive Summary:

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a silent and deadly virus. It causes relentless liver damage, leading to debilitating illness and death. With 71 million cases globally and half a million deaths annually, HCV is a serious public health threat. However, there is new hope. A new class of medicines can cure HCV. This offers an unprecedented opportunity for its elimination in a whole population. Rwanda is disproportionally affected by HCV, jeopardizing its population health aspirations. A significant political commitment by Rwanda underpins the partnership between ICAP at Columbia University and the Ministry of Health (MOH) to eliminate HCV. This novel project will include nationwide community mobilization; training of health and community workers; establishing laboratory infrastructure; providing treatment to all persons with HCV; and tracking progress towards elimination. The goal is for Rwanda to be the first to eliminate HCV, proving that it can be done and inspiring others to follow.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

website: https://icap.columbia.edu/
Organization Headquarters
New York County, New York, United States
Organization ID
135598093A7
Annual Operating Budget
$200 to $499 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000
Type
Non-profit

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity