U.S. Centers for Disease Control (US-CDC) participates in Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) Hepatitis C Elimination W

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On July 29, 2015, the U.S. CDC participated in a one-day Hepatitis C Elimination workshop hosted by the Georgian NCDC and other stakeholders such as the World Health Organization (WHO).  The workshop provided updates on the first phase of the Georgian Hepatitis C (HCV) Elimination Program which included mid-term results of the HCV seroprevalence survey, long term HCV elimination strategy, strengthening surveillance capacity, screening and treatment of HCV, laboratory capacity, blood safety, and awareness/prevention.  US-CDC has been a major collaborator in the development and implementation of the Georgian Hepatitis C Elimination national program which is one of the first to be implemented in the world.  The international community is eagerly awaiting the results and looking for best practices and lessons learned so they can emulate Georgian’s success in significantly reducing the devastating burden of HCV.