The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published their new Toolkit to support the generation of robust estimates of hepatitis C prevalence. This toolkit supports EU Member States in generating robust prevalence estimates for hepatitis C.
The overarching aim of this toolkit is to gain a better understanding of the HCV epidemiology in the EU/EEA.
European surveillance data show on-going transmission of viral hepatitis across the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). The available notification data however, do not provide a clear epidemiological picture of hepatitis C in Europe. Prevalence data from population surveys are a key source of information to complement the surveillance data for hepatitis C due to the limitations of surveillance for hepatitis: the infection is often asymptomatic and notifications are strongly influenced by local testing practices.
This toolkit offers:
- An algorithm to assist EU/EEA Member States in their decision-making around selecting the type of HCV prevalence survey that should be undertaken
- The technical protocol for conducting hepatitis C prevalence surveys in the general population
- Modelled estimates of the national burden of viral hepatitis C in EU/EEA countries
To read and download the Protocol, follow this link>>>