Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital in ACHIEVE 2022: Advancing Hepatitis Elimination

We are thrilled to announce that our Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital has been featured in ACHIEVE (Associations Collaborating on Hepatitis to Immunize and Eliminate the Viruses in Europe), a prestigious multistakeholder coalition that brings together key players in the fight against hepatitis in Europe. Our organization’s outstanding work in hepatitis elimination has been highlighted through two remarkable stories: Story 13 and Story 14.

In Story 13, we pioneered novel approaches to hepatitis eradication within prison centers. Through sustained tests and treatment strategies, supported by telemedicine tools and a multidisciplinary network of healthcare providers, we successfully brought hepatitis C (HCV) prevalence and incidence to zero among 900 inmates. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to overcoming barriers to micro-elimination strategies in prison settings and underscores our dedication to public health.

Story 14, the HONEST micro-elimination project, took our mission beyond prison walls. We extended our test and treat strategy for HCV to individuals serving non-custodial sentences and those visiting the Jose Hierro Social Integration Center (SIC). By providing point-of-care testing, telemedicine support, and the guidance of a dedicated ‘Navigator,’ we connected this population to crucial screening and treatment services for HCV.

We invite you to read the full stories in the PDF linked below to learn more about our innovative approaches to hepatitis elimination and our significant contributions to the ACHIEVE coalition’s mission. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against hepatitis in Europe and beyond.