International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC HEP) has granted our educational program of hepatitis C management in Indonesia with total grant of $ 30,000.

Dear colleagues,

 

On behalf of Indonesian Association for the Study of the Liver (Ina ASL), I am pleased to inform you that International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC HEP) has granted our educational program of hepatitis C management in Indonesia with total grant of $ 30,000.

Hepatitis C remains a serious health problem in Indonesia with high prevalence and complications. According to basic health research (Riskesdas) in 2007, HCV antibody was found positive in 2,1% of the general population and 0,7% among blood donor population, accounted for more than 5 million people contracted with HCV in general population. Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection itself has become a leading cause of death in among Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-infected patients, as the widespread availability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has an impact on decreasing AIDS-related causes of death.

Proper diagnosis and management in HCV infection and HIV/HCV coinfection patients will significantly reduced morbidity and mortality rates. There is approximately 2870 internists with less than 120 gastroenterohepatologists in Indonesia up to date. It is less likely that the high number of hepatitis C infection in Indonesia will be managed by gastroenterohepatologists only, which raise expectation that the internists will later take part in management of hepatitis C patients, after such standardized training course throughout Indonesia. Indonesia geographic location raises another limitation in attempt to expand the reach of hepatitis C management due to its wide region.

Our plan to conduct an educational program in the form of basic course management will be held in four cities in Indonesia, includes Lampung, Palembang, Pontianak and Banjarmasin. It will be affiliated with our ongoing educational program on hepatitis B. With this course, management of hepatitis C and HIV/HCV coinfection in Indonesia is expected to improve and standardized in the near future.

We are pleased to cordially invite you to attend Basic Course of Chronic Hepatitis C Management. Our first program will be held in Lampung on 30th and 31st of August 2014 inviting 30 internists in total. Please contact our representative number for next schedule and we’re waiting for your participation in our upcoming program.

 

 

Sincerely,

Rino Alvani Gani

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