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The role of the Primary Healthcare Network in Iran in hepatitis C virus elimination by 2030

Author List
Masoud Behzadifar
Hasan Abolghasem Gorji
Aziz Rezapour
Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Seyed Moayed Alavian

Abstract

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that about 71 million people in the world have chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and 399,000 die every year due to cirrhosis and cancer caused by HCV. Despite efforts to prevent and control hepatitis, there are still many barriers. In September 2000, during a summit in New York organised by the United Nations, world leaders agreed on a set of achievable targets within a limited timeframe, with the goal of combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, destruction of the environment and of improving the status of women by 2015; these were known as the Millennium Development Goals. The Primary Health Care Network (PHCN) in Iran has played a very important role in health promotion but its achievements could be enhanced further by improving performance and implementing further changes. The WHO strives to achieve goals of sustainable development by 2030 in many countries, thereby raising awareness, encouraging greater community participation, mobilising resources, using evidence-based policies, and increasing screening services, care and treatment. The concept of the PHCN has been very successful in health promotion in Iran, and has provided a basis for accessible and high-quality services for all. Achieving HCV elimination by 2030 could be achieved with the support of the PHCN, and changes in management with regard to screening, prevention and treatment practices.

Article Category

Hepatitis C (HCV)

Article Type

Viewpoints

Posted Date

30-06-2018

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