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Preventing hepatitis C virus infection among garbage collectors – Phase IV

IMPLEMENTING NGO
Association for the Protection of the Environment.

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

Egyptian Liver Care Society.

OBJECTIVES
Raising awareness among the population of the target area and promoting methods of preventing HCV infection through conducting awareness seminars and door-to-door visits.

Performing blood testing and analysis to identify those infected with HCV.

Providing the necessary treatment under the medical supervision of the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute (NHTMR) of the Ministry of Health.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
Areas of garbage collectors in "Manshiet Nasser and Al-Wehda AL-Watanya in Cairo Governorate.

SAWIRIS CONTRIBUTION
L.E 2,409,726

STATUS
Accomplished.

The project was implemented by the Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE) in cooperation with the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute (NHTMR) of the Ministry of Health and the Egyptian Liver Care Society.

The Hepatitis C Awareness and Vaccination Project was initiated to improve general health conditions within the community of garbage collectors, which was considered one of the most susceptible communities to catch the virus because of bad environmental conditions related to the nature of their work and the overall lack of health awareness. The project managed a wide range of activities in the areas of Manshiet Naser and Al-Wehda AL-Watanya, which have a population of more than 500,000 people.

This project directly impacted 10,000s of thousands of those people by medical testing, treatment, seminars, and other portions of the project. Most of these people were from disadvantaged socioeconomic groups, meaning that the impacted people had higher likelihoods for contracting Hepatitis C and also the most need for knowledge regarding the virus. Treatment was a key point but the project’s legacy may be in the awareness created and education of the disease in these areas. Nearly 10,000 people were tested, creating an awareness of their own personal standing. Several thousand more were reached by seminars and now have a better understanding of the disease, treatment, and most importantly prevention tactics. A key component of sustainability is knowledge and this project succeeded in educating a critical mass of people.