Feature

Egypt has Highest Prevalence of Hepatitis C in the World: WHO

Egypt has Highest Prevalence of Hepatitis C in the World: WHO

Roughly 15 million Egyptians suffer from the deadly Hepatitis C virus
Roughly 15 million Egyptians currently suffer from the deadly Hepatitis C virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that Egypt has the highest prevalence of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the world, with approximately 22 percent of Egyptian blood donors testing positive for the deadly disease.

According to HCV Advocate, the main cause of exposure in Egypt appears to be due to inadequate infection control practices and injection therapy such as blood transfusions.

Lacking in infrastructure to deal with the virus, Egypt suffers from a particularly high morbidity and mortality rate, with 40,000 dying from the disease each year. It is estimated that roughly 15 million Egyptians currently suffer from Hepatitis C. Every year there are 170,000 to 200,000 new HCV cases.

In response to the epidemic, Egypt has opened its first factory for the local production of “Sofosbuvir” – a drug that contains the active ingredient in “Sovaldi”, the US approved medication commonly used to cure the virus.

Pharmed Healthcare – a joint venture between Indian, UAE and Egyptian partners – is overseeing the factory opening, which took place on Sunday. The company successfully obtained a license from American firm Gilead Sciences to manufacture and market the drug in Egypt. The CEO of Pharmed Healthcare, Muhammad Mabrouk, says that the medication will be available in Egypt from June of this year.

Last year, the health ministry secured a deal with Gilead Sciences to import the drug for $US 900, a 99 percent discount compared to the US cost of $US 84,000 for a three-month treatment.

Egyptian health minister Adel el-Adawi, who attended the factory opening, reassured that the ministry is working to lower the prevalence of the virus by raising awareness and treatment.

Surveillance Cameras to be Deployed Nationwide in Egypt
Two Gunmen Shot Dead at “Draw Muhammad” Event in Texas

Subscribe to our newsletter


Feature
@daliaeldaba

Dalia is an Egyptian writer and journalist. Currently, she is particularly interested in raising awareness about the historical and current labour and feminist movements in the Arab world.

More in Feature

Sherif Abdel Samad’s ‘Al Taboor Al Khamis’: The Humanity of Journalism

Mirna Abdulaal7 February 2023

Egypt’s Growing Side Gig Economy

Amina Abdel-Halim6 February 2023

Can Digital Remittances Improve Financial Security in Egypt?

Mirna Abdulaal2 February 2023

Mental Health and Living Abroad: A Hopeful Immigration Story

Mirna Abdulaal21 January 2023

The Humble Story of Opening a Food Truck: Bringing Mexican Cuisine to Egypt

Mirna Abdulaal3 January 2023

Between Divorce and Hardship: Stories From Egyptian Men Working in the Gulf

Marina Makary25 December 2022

Can Virtual Water Solve Egypt’s Water Scarcity?

Mirna Abdulaal22 December 2022

‘Cairo Says’: How an Instagram Account Became Egypt’s Slang Dictionary

Farah Rafik12 December 2022