U.S. Congress to give Egypt $35M to fight hep C

CAIRO: Health minister Adel Adwy announced that the U.S. Congress decided to give the ministry $35 million to help eliminate hepatitis C from Egypt, Youm7 reported Saturday night.

Adwy said that Egypt can completely eliminate HCV within 10 years,  adding that the real partnership with international bodies doesn’t aim only for treatment, but prevention.

Egypt has the highest hepatitis C infection rate in the world, according to the WHO. Last year the government began a program to distribute the American-made treatment Sovaldi at an extreme discount offered by the manufacturer, Gilead.