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Preventing hepatitis C virus infection among garbage collectors – Phase II

IMPLEMENTING NGO
Association for the Protection of the Environment, registered in 1984 under the number 3255 and later registered as a central association in 1994, under No. 263.

PARTNERS
National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute (NHTMR) of the Ministry of Health.

Egyptian Liver Care Society.

OBJECTIVE
Reduce the infection with hepatitis C among the garbage collectors, and improve their health conditions.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
Areas of garbage collectors in "Manshiet Nasser and Torra in Cairo Governorate.

DURATION
12 months as of 1 January 2013.

SAWIRIS CONTRIBUTION
LE 2,685,200

STATUS
Accomplished.

This project aims to reduce the infection with hepatitis C virus among garbage collectors in the area of Manshiet Nasser and Torra.

Garbage collectors suffer from health problems such as hepatitis, due to the nature of the work (sorting the waste materials) and general poverty.

The project focuses on raising awareness among the population of the target area and to promote ways of preventing HCV infection by conducting awareness seminars and door-to-door visits so as to provide healthcare and psychological advice to families with infected persons. The project also performs blood testing and analysis to identify those infected with HCV to provide the necessary treatment for 70 persons under the medical supervision of the NHTMR and in cooperation with the Egyptian Liver Care Society, with continuous monitoring of cases that have been cured.