Hepatitis C in Sub-Saharan Africa

We have several ongoing projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The burden of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Sub-Saharan Africa is heavy, with an estimated 100,000 people dying from complications in 2010.  There has not been comprehensive work to map the presence and diversity of hepatitis C across Africa, so the overall prevalence of the disease remains largely unknown.  As efforts are made towards achieving the World Health Organisation's goal of HCV elimination by 2030, filling the gaps in knowledge in this part of the world becomes increasingly important.

Our ongoing projects are:

  • Across the region: assessing how efforts to eliminate hepatitis C in Sub-Saharan Africa can be primed and taking the first steps to set up networks to support these efforts
  • Specific countries: examining hepatitis C virus diversity in coastal Kenya; studying circulating hepatitis C virus types in in Benin, Malawi and Uganda