Press Release

New information on people with hep C available following launch of major report.

New information about the health of people with hepatitis C in Ireland is now available, following the launch of a new report by the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, today (Tuesday, 9th October, 2007).

The report – “The National Hepatitis C Database Baseline Report” is a study of people infected with hepatitis C through the receipt of contaminated blood and blood products in Ireland.

The National Hepatitis C Database was set up to follow and outline the natural history of infection in this group and to evaluate the impact of various factors on the progression of the disease. It will also assess the outcomes of treatment, monitor the uptake of services, provide information for the planning and evaluation of health services and serve as a resource for future research into hepatitis C.

The database was developed by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre which has been working on the project – with the eight designated hepatology units nationally – since 2004. This is the first report from the database and contains information about this group of people from the time of infection to the present. Follow up reports from the database will be published annually

“This report and subsequent reports will provide an invaluable resource to researchers seeking to understand the nature of the hepatitis C virus and will not only facilitate research, but will also inform clinical practice and enable more effective service planning for the emerging needs of this group” said Mary Harney, TD, Minister for Health and Children.