Prevention of hepatitis C among key populations

Unitaid announced a new Call for Proposals on Prevention of hepatitis C among key populations.

Unitaid aims to improve access to tools to prevent HCV in marginalised populations. The specific objective of this call for proposals is to demonstrate the feasibility and impact of improving access to tools to prevent transmission of hepatitis C, and to facilitate the integration of these tools into relevant services or settings in low- and middle-income countries.

The focus of these efforts will be people who inject drugs and/or prison populations. Tools in scope include those that are new and innovative as well as those that are existing but under-used. Introduction of new and/or under-used tools should consider integration, complementarity, and fit within existing services and country context, and linkage to care in response to the needs of affected communities.

For the purpose of this call, innovative and existing but under-used tools refers to optimized formulations of opioid substitution therapy, injection equipment that reduces the risk of disease transmission, and hepatitis C diagnostic and testing solutions suitable for deployment in harm reduction or prison settings. In addition, it includes providing hepatitis C treatment to individuals with hepatitis C infection. Any solution(s) proposed should facilitate better health outcomes and provide affected communities with additional options.

The closing date for receipt of full proposals is Thursday 31 March 2022 at 12:00 CET.

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