South Africa

Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

This Program was adapted for South Africa by a local expert steering committee and in partnership with the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) and ASHM Health.

Online modules cover: HCV epidemiology and prevention, HCV testing and diagnosis, HCV treatment, ongoing monitoring.

The highly interactive workshops give participants an opportunity to put learning into practice. Facilitated by local experts in the field, the workshop is structured around real-life case studies giving attendees the skills to confidently manage patients with hepatitis C.

Open access online learning modules

This online learning module consists of four individual modules that should be completed in sequential order. Each module will take you approximately 25 minutes to complete and all four modules must be completed prior to attending the workshop. Or, you can complete the online modules independently. 

Online learning modules

Tip: Make sure you scroll to the bottom of each module, including the Acknowledgements section, to be marked as complete and trigger your certificate. 

Before you start the course, please ensure you turn off the pop-up blocker or select “allow pop-ups for this site”.

Virtual Workshops

Workshops are free to attend but places are limited so registration is essential. 

If you do not see any dates in your country, please register your interest here:

14 March 2024
South Africa

Registration closed

06 March 2024
South Africa

Registration closed


Capacity strengthening toolkit

A suite of resources and practical tools with which to implement hepatitis C testing and treating processes in your setting.

Decision making in HCV

This resource covers indications for testing and diagnosis of hepatitis C and provides a step-by step guide to treating hepatitis C in South Africa.

South African Steering Committee

The Education Program is developed and delivered in collaboration with many partners. The International Education Program Steering Committee provide oversight and direction to the Program and we thank them for their involvement.

Our South African Steering Committee members are: 

  • Mr Koketso Mokubane, Community Linkage Officer, South African Network of People Who Use Drugs
  • Ms Valencia Malaza, Project Manager, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society
  • Dr Andrew Scheibe, Technical Advisor for TB HIV Care, Researcher at University of Pretoria
  • Professor Wendy Spearman, Hepatologist and Head of the Division of Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town
  • Professor Mark Sonderup, Hepatologist, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town
  • Dr Kgomotso Vilakazi-Nhlapo, Viral Hepatitis Lead, South African National Department of Health
  • Dr Camilla Wattrus, Clinical Director, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society

Useful links 

Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS)

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) is a membership organisation of over 10,000 healthcare workers with an interest in HIV. SAHCS’s mission is to promote evidence-based, quality HIV healthcare in southern Africa. SAHCS have developed Clinical Guidelines for Harm Reduction in South Africa.


South African Network of People Who Use Drugs (SANPUD)

SANPUD is a registered non-profit organisation made up of member peer-led organisations that share a common purpose – to defend the rights of people who use drugs. They seek to dismantle myths, hypocrisy and bad science that inform society’s understanding of drugs, their use, and the people who use them. 

TB HIV Care 

TB HIV Care is a registered non-profit organisation that puts integrated care at the heart of responding to TB, HIV and other major diseases. They work to prevent, find and treat TB and HIV in South Africa as well as targeting interventions to address the needs of populations at risk, such as inmates, sex workers and people who inject drugs. 

South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU)

SACENDU is a network of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from various sentinel areas in South Africa. They are part of the South African Medical Research Council.

WHO Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test Web App

The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) makes use of risk categories determined by screening scores to help determine the ideal intervention strategy. The project sought to characterize the extent and nature of harmful substance use within the prison population.

National Guidelines for the Management of Viral Hepatitis in South Africa

The National Guidelines for the Management of Viral Hepatitis inform healthcare workers in the public and private sectors about the disease, its epidemiology in South Africa and current methods of diagnosis and therapy strengthen the healthcare response to viral hepatitis empower communicable diseases workers and stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding appropriate and cost effective interventions. 

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