Monday June 24th, 2024
Download SceneNow app
Copied

Egypt Receives WHO Gold Tier Star for Eradicating Hepatitis C

Over the past ten years, Egypt has significantly reduced the prevalence of Hepatitis C from 10% to 0.38%.

Cairo Scene

Egypt Receives WHO Gold Tier Star for Eradicating Hepatitis C

Egypt has been lauded by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating the Hepatitis C virus, becoming the first country to receive a certificate and gold tier status for its achievement. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom presented the certificate to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a meeting in Cairo.

The Egyptian government has dedicated its resources to establishing treatment centres, training healthcare workers, and providing millions of doses of medication to combat the disease.

The WHO commended Egypt in a separate statement, recognising it as the first nation to reach the 'gold tier' status in the WHO's criteria for Hepatitis C elimination. To attain this status, a country must diagnose at least 80% of those infected with Hepatitis C and provide treatment to at least 70% of them. The Egyptian government surpassed these targets, diagnosing 87% of individuals with Hepatitis C and offering treatment to 93% of them.

Over the past ten years, the Egyptian government has significantly reduced the prevalence of Hepatitis C from 10% to 0.38%. The nation has implemented robust preventive and treatment programs and established the National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis to oversee the national response.

×