Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Hepatitis in Russia

Viral hepatitis is both a common and dangerous infectious disease. To date, the most thoroughly studied viruses are hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, G. An important public health problem is a viral hepatitis C (HCV). It is estimated that the causes that are associated with hepatitis C kills 250 000 people a year. In many countries, including Russia, HCV is the most common cause of chronic liver disease. Distribution of HCV occurs most rapidly among injecting drug users (IDUs) in connection with its high infectivity (approximately 10 times higher than among HIV). As a result, HCV spreads much faster than HIV: According to various international studies, about 50 – 90% of IDUs in different countries may be infected with HCV. In some cities in Russia, up to 90% of people who use injecting drugs are infected with hepatitis C. Often among injecting drug users, a combination of HCV and HIV infection is found. Co-infection may contribute to complications, increase the progression of HCV and complicate treatment of HIV. In this section we will publish those materials describing the situation with HCV epidemic in Russia and an access to its treatment.

November 6th, 2014

What Do We Want For the Future: Presenting the Manifasto Berlin Declaration

October 29th, 2014

Anya Sarang's speech at a special session dedicated to the presentation of the Manifesto / Berlin Declaration within the first European Conference on Hepatitis C and Drug Use in Berlin.

July 7th, 2014

The report was prepared by Andrey Rylkov Foundation in 2013 and describes the processes around access to HCV treatment in the Russian Federation.

June 5th, 2014

The report of The Treatment Preparedness Coalition in Eastern Europe and Central Asia on access to drugs for treating hepatitis C in Russia in 2013

September 4th, 2013

In the morning, on the 4th of September, people passing the building of Ministry of Health on Rakhmanovsky Pereulok in Moscow could see a huge yellow banner "TREAT HEPATITIS C? IT IS CHEAPER TO BURY. MINISTRY OF HEALTH" stretched on the fence. Next to the banner, there was a man in a doctor’s robe with a mask, symbolizing Dr. Death who preferred not to treat but to kill patients, as it would be much cheaper for the state budget.

April 26th, 2012

In Tver, an amazing event has occurred. For the first time in Russia, the court satisfied an ordinary citizen's demand to recognize the actions of the regional health ministry as unlawful. It took almost a year for Maksim Malyshev to ensure justice.

January 22nd, 2012

"On behalf of thousands of mothers whose children are living with hepatitis C virus (HCV), I'm appealing to you to reduce the treatment costs for this potentially fatal disease, so that most people living on a middle-income could access these lifesaving medications”, - says Svetlana Laskova from Uzbekistan in her letter to the two pharmaceutical companies, Merck and Roche. Svetlana's daughter Marina has been living with HCV for the past 10 years and has not been able to complete her treatment due to prohibitively high costs of treatment.