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Gallery: treating hepatitis C in Phnom Penh

In 2016, MSF set up a treatment clinic for patients with hepatitis C in Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  By April 2017 over 10,000 people had been screened since the start of the programme, of whom 4,000 had been diagnosed with hepatitis C.  As a result, around 800 people have been put on treatment since October 2016. MSF is treating patients with the improved hepatitis C medicines called direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) that have recently been introduced. These medicines are far more effective than previous hepatitis C drugs; they carry far fewer side-effects for patients, and the treatment lasts around 12 weeks compared with the previous treatment of 24 to 48 weeks with painful weekly injections. However, the high price of the medicines is a barrier to accessing treatment for many. Diagnostic costs also present a challenge for treatment providers.

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People wait for their appointment in the waiting room at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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A patient holds their queue ticket as they wait for their appointment at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh.
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Ek Sreang, 60, has his blood pressure taken by an MSF nurse at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital.
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MSF Clinic Registrars Sreng Sothea and Pich Sothea work with patients’ files at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh.
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MSF Pharmacy Technician Toueng Sreymon distributes hepatitis C medicines, called direct-acting antivirals. The new drugs can cure a patient of hepatitis C in 12 weeks, compared to 24 to 48 weeks using older forms of treatment.
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A patient checks in with MSF Clinic Registrar Sreng Sothea at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital.
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A patient holds his medicine at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital. Treatment using the new drugs are much better tolerated by people than older treatment.
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Din Savorn, 50, is given an injection by technician Sokchea Yan, at the MSF hepatitis C clinic at Preah Kossamak Hospital.
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Din Savorn, 50, walks with his children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 20, April 2017.
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