Washington Call for access to HCV diagnostics, treatment and care for all!
Over the last decade, HIV drug prices have dropped dramatically, and access to antiretroviral therapy has significantly increased. It is time to apply the lessons from HIV/AIDS to hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Over the last decade, HIV drug prices have dropped dramatically, and access to antiretroviral therapy has significantly increased. It is time to apply the lessons from HIV/AIDS to hepatitis C virus (HCV). An estimated 170 million people have chronic hepatitis C. At least 350,000 of them die from it each year although it is curable. Access to prevention tools, diagnostics, and treatment remains extremely limited, particularly for people who inject drugs, a group disproportionately affected by HCV. Few people in the Global South have access, even those living with HIV/AIDS.
Therefore, on the occasion of the XIX International Aids Conference in Washington, DC, USA, and the eve of World Hepatitis Day, the undersigned grassroots civil society groups and non-governmental organizations have formed an international coalition working towards universal access to HCV voluntary testing and treatment.
We call upon:
- The pharmaceutical companies - particularly Roche & Merck - to drastically reduce the price of diagnostics and treatment regimens for the estimated 170 million individuals suffering from chronic hepatitis C, particularly those with HIV co-infection.
- Political leaders to mobilize the adequate resources needed now and in the future--in anticipation of new HCV drugs--- to diagnose, monitor and treat high-prevalence populations, such as people living with HIV/AIDS and people who inject drugs.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant United Nations (UN) agencies to develop treatment guidelines for HCV treatment for HIV/HCV co-infected people and HCV mono-infected persons in low and middle income countries and to develop a prequalification process for bio-similars that facilitates access to pegylated interferon.
- Researchers to gather and provide evidence on feasibility and effectiveness of treatment in low and middle income countries, with a focus on disproportionately affected populations, particularly people who inject drugs.
- International donors to support community mobilization and treatment preparedness and literacy, as well as treatment cost, which are crucial for access to treatment.
Treatment saves life
Access for all!
To support the Washington Call on behalf of your organization, please send us your signature by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Act Up-Basel, Switzerland
Act Up-Paris, France
Afghan Drug Users Group (ADUG), Afghanistan
African Services Committee, USA
AIDS Action Baltimore, USA
AIDS Foundation of Chicago, USA
Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice - Moscow, Russia
Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD)
Asia Pacific Network of Positive People (APN+)
Association de lutte contre le sida (ALCS), Morocco
Association Française pour la Réduction des Risques (AFR), France
AutoSupport des Usagers de Drogues (ASUD), France
Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition, USA
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Canada
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Canada
Coalicion Internacional de Activistas en Tratamiento (CIAT)
Coalition Internationale PLUS
Delhi Network of People Living with HIV (DNP+), India
E.V.A. – Russia
Empower India, India
European AIDS Treatment Group (Eatg)
Gaïa Paris, France
Georgian Harm Reduction Network, Georgia
Harm Reduction Coalition, USA
Harm Reduction International (HRI)
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)
Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), USA
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
International Network of People Using Drugs (INPUD)
ITPC Eastern Europe and Central Asia
ITPC North Africa
Malaysian AIDS Council, Malaysia
Maryland Hepatitis Coalition, USA
Médecins du Monde, France
Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l'amitié entre les peuples (MRAP), France
National Association of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal (NAP+N), Nepal
Nava Kiran Plus, Nepal
Open Society Foundations, Public Health Program
Pan African Positive Women's Coalition, Zimbabwe
Pinoy Plus Association Inc, Philippines
Prévention Information Lutte contre le Sida (PILS), Mauritius
Red Bolivianas de Personas con VIH de Bolivia (REDBOL), Bolivia
Solidarité Thérapeutique et Initiatives contre le sida (Solthis), France
Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG), Thailand
The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc., USA
Treatment Action Group (TAG), USA
Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN)