According to Hepatitis C in Developing Countries: Current and Future Challenges research study; Egypt has the highest prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the world. In Egypt, HCV prevalence rates reach 13% of the population equating to an estimated 12 million Egyptians of whom around 8 million people are living with chronic hepatitis C without or with cirrhosis or liver cancer.
In Egypt, HCV is not only a complicated disease process but a serious public health, economic, and social problem that transcends the boundaries of biomedicine and that is why the government just decided to launch the “largest medical campaign in the world” next October to detect and treat Hepatitis C virus for 50 million citizens upon President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s orders.
In the same context, the head of the National Committee for Liver Viruses at the Ministry of Health, Wahid Dos, told Egypt Today Magazine that the virus has decreased to 90.000 cases annually. Dos pointed out that the treatment and detection will be free to all citizens.