Polaris receives funding from the World Hepatitis Alliance to conduct an economic impact analysis for HCV elimination in Colombia

In August, the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) selected the CDA Foundation (Polaris Observatory) to conduct the economic impact analysis of HCV elimination in Colombia and help the government develop an affordable national hepatitis strategy in collaboration with WHO Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). WHA is a renowned patient-led not-for-profit organization fighting for a world free from viral hepatitis. The same organization pioneered the global NOHep movement.  Colombia, an upper middle income country is South America, has been working on a national hepatitis strategy that is affordable and can achieve the global hepatitis elimination targets.  A team of experts met in Colombia, September 12-14, to assess HCV disease burden and targets to achieve elimination in the country.

As part of the project, the CDA Foundation is collaborating with WHO PAHO, Colombia’s Ministry of Health, and hepatitis experts in the country to quantify hepatitis C disease burden under different intervention strategies – status quo, WHO elimination targets, and disease management. We also collected healthcare, diagnostics, treatment, hepatitis intervention, and service delivery costs. The economic impact analysis will determine the direct and indirect healthcare costs under the status quo strategy and the more aggressive strategies. For each strategy, the analysis will be used to determine drug and diagnostic prices that will make the strategy cost effective, cost saving, and affordable (three different price points will be determined). This project will support Colombia’s national hepatitis strategy that will ultimately result in expanded access to the new therapies for the patients.

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Made possible through funding from:
John Martin Foundation

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