The hepatitis C virus in Iran: health policy, historical, ethical issues and future challenges

Behzadifar, Masoud and Azari, Samad and Bragazzi, N.L (2020) The hepatitis C virus in Iran: health policy, historical, ethical issues and future challenges. J PREV MED HYG.

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Abstract

Background. Hepatitis C infection (HCV) can have a harmful effect on the health of people and can impose relevant healthcare costs. The World Health Organization has identified the elimination of Hepatitis C by 2030 as an important goal for all countries. This study aimed to identify the HCV-related policies in Iran. Methods. A qualitative approach was used for this study. Data was collected through a comprehensive search of documents and interviews with different stakeholders related to the HCV program. Data was analyzed and validated using content analysis based on the policy triangle framework. Results. Our findings highlighted that certain social and cul tural issues related to stigma can impact on awareness-raising processes. It is also necessary to consider HCV directly in the context of government policies. All relevant stakeholders should be included. Continued talks and interactions need to be made between them for the active participation of all actors. Conclusion. The findings of this study can provide useful information for improving, supporting and developing policy processes. Healthcare providers should address all aspects of the disease by 2030 in order to achieve the goal of HCV elimination. Evidencebased planning, support for up-to-date policies and resource mobilization are needed to achieve this ambitious goal.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: samad darabian
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2020 05:47
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2020 05:47
URI: http://eprints.lums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2149

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