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WHO supports Egypt’s ‘100 Million Healthy Lives’ for Africans

Fri, Jul. 19, 2019
CAIRO - 19 July 2019: In a meeting gathering the representatives of nine World Health Organization (WHO) offices in Africa and the Middle East in Cairo, Egypt’s initiative “100 Million Healthy Lives” against hepatitis C was discussed to be applied in 18 African countries, WHO announced in a press conference on Wednesday.

Egypt’s initiative has been launched in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and ended April 2019 after targeting more than 45 million citizens. The Health Ministry vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt in 2022.

In a meeting held on May 27, President Sisi ordered intensifying efforts aimed to transfer Egypt's health and medical expertise to other African countries for curing 1 million Africans. Sisi was updated on the Health Ministry’s planned visits to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania to assess their medical needs.

WHO representative in Egypt John Jabbour announced WHO support to Egypt’s effort to eliminate Hepatitis C among Africans via holding inter-regional consultations and via cooperation among the WHO offices across the continent.

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