Egypt Way Ahead on Hep C

Egypt, the country with the highest prevalence of hepatitis C, is leading the way in treating the disease with revolutionary new drugs deployed at a scale unmatched by its wealthier counterparts. The secret? Savvy negotiating, and systematic deployment of affordably-priced drugs. 

By 2015, hepatitis accounted for 7.6% of all deaths in Egypt. But government negotiations with drugmakers dropped the price of a new treatment, and in 2014 Egypt debuted a program that treated to 1.6 million hepatitis C patients in 3 years. That's more than the US and Europe combined during that period. Last year, Egypt followed up with a nationwide screening program seeking out undiagnosed cases. 

The Atlantic

Secondary Topic
Comments +


Post a Comment

Restricted HTML

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Back to top