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Virus C Free Child (CFC) – Phase II

IMPLEMENTING NGO
Egyptian Liver Care Society, registered under No. 563 of 2008.

PARTNERS
National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute of the Ministry of Health. It is a leading institution for research and  considered a national and international center of excellence in tropical medicine in Egypt and Middle East.

The National Committee for the control of viral hepatitis (the scientific sponsor of the project).

OBJECTIVE
Providing free treatment for 300 children infected with hepatitis virus (C).

Conducting training for doctors and nurses in order to provide quality medical services for children who are infected by Hepatitis C.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
The project is implemented through 6 medical centers in several governorates, namely Cairo, Giza, Fayoum, Qalubiya, and Bani Suef in cooperation with the government and university hospitals specialized in the treatment of liver disease in those governorates, including: NHTMRI Children hospital, Abu EL-Rish children Hospital, and Children Hospitals in Cairo, Ain Shams, Menoufia, Assiut and Alexandria Universities.

DURATION
18 months starting from April 2012.

STATUS
Accomplished.

This project was implemented by the Egyptian Liver Care Society under the scientific supervision of the Ministry of Health represented by the National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis.

The Children Free of “Virus C” Project provides treatment for children with chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) infection, completely free of charge, through a combination of therapy techniques using pegylated interferon and ribavirin for 48 weeks. The Children Free of “Virus C” Project consisted of 2 phases. During the first phase, treatment and follow ups were completed for 322 children with chronic HCV infection, which exceeded the original target by 7%.

After the great success of the first phase, the second phase of the project started on April 1st, 2012, with an aim to examine 1000 children and provide  free treatment for 300 children according to the rules and regulations established by The National Committee for the Control of Viral Hepatitis.

The project will also train doctors and nurses on the proper methods for dealing with children living with HCV, and raise health awareness among parents about the reasons for the spread of the disease and means of infection and how to prevent their children from becoming infected with HCV.