Egypt to chair first session of Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Aug 2022

Egypt is set to preside over the first session of the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE) slated for 20 September.

Minister of Health and populatiobn Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
Minister of Health and populatiobn Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar. Al-Ahram

 

Minister of Health and populatiobn Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar received the invitation from the CGHE director, Johan Ward, during his visit to the ministry on Sunday.

Ward said Egypt was nominated to head the event "in appreciation of its efforts to eradicate Hepatitis C (HCV) under the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi," a health ministry statement read on Monday.

Launched in July 2019, the CGHE provides services to assist the planning, implementation, and evaluation of national and sub-national programmes to eliminate Hepatitis diseases worldwide.

The Egyptian health minister reviewed during the meeting success of the presidential initiative to eradicate Hepatitis C, which conducted 70 million screenings for citizens, detecting more than 2.2 million cases.

Hepatitis C, a major cause of liver cancer and other severe illnesses, was responsible for 70 percent of deaths in Egypt before the start of the national campaign to eradicate it.

The minister stressed that Egypt is ready to provide all its expertise and contributions to eradicate Hepatitis C globally, Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, a spokesperson for the ministry, said.

Between 2018-2020, Egypt carried out a successful national campain that completely eradicated Hepatitis C.

The 100 Million Healthy Lives presidential initiative, which was launched in 2018, provided mass screenings for all citizens over the age of 18 for the early detection of Hepatitis C infection and non-communicable diseases, alongside evaluation and treatment at health units deployed nationwide.

Following the local campaign against Hepatitis C, Egypt launched an initiative to treat one million African people from HCV.

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