Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. ("CHAI") is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.
The Viral Hepatitis programme in Indonesia commenced its support to the ministry of Health in late 2014. The major barrier to treatment for Hepatitis C, worldwide but also in Indonesia is the extremely high cost of drugs. CHAI has been working in partnership with the MOH for the past six months to develop Hepatitis guidelines, cost a national programme, and assist in drug price negotiations for Hepatitis C. In parallel to support around Hep C CHAI has also supported the Government of Indonesia in their decision to roll out a universal birth dose vaccination for Hep B.
With CHAI's support Indonesia aims to get all patients infected with Hep C on treatment by getting affordable medications which can be included in the Indonesian Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (locally known as the Mutuelle), and eradicating transmission of mother to child Hep B with the implementation of the universal vaccine.
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