Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C
 

Source: Eurasianet.org

May 8, 2017, by Giorgi Lomsadze

Thousands of Georgians have been cured of hepatitis C as a result of a giant experiment, in which the ex-Soviet nation tests the effectiveness of an aggressive public-health strategy. 

In the unprecedented project, all Georgians suffering from hepatitis C - an estimated 130,000 individuals - are being treated with expensive American medications free of charge. The program has entered its third year this May, and by 2020, Georgia hopes to be the first country in the world virtually free of the infectious liver disease. 

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