Egypt: first country in Eastern Mediterranean Region to eliminate lymphatic filariasis


12 March 2018 – Egypt becomes the first country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the latest in the world to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.

Egypt’s success comes after almost 2 decades of implementing sustained control and prevention measures (including mass treatment of populations) and surveillance in affected/at-risk localities.

The country joins 10 others1, already validated by WHO as achieving this criteria. After implementing WHO-recommended large-scale treatment campaigns, Egypt continued surveillance for at least 4 years until elimination was validated.

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Stories from Egypt: patient with hepatitis C tells his story

5 April 2018 – Mr Abdi El Ate, a 55-year-old Egyptian man, in talking about hepatitis said, “When I knew that I had hepatitis C, I was very sad and depressed....

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In focus

Finalizing the national action plan on antimicrobial resistance in Egypt

20 March 2018 – WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population conducted a consultative workshop to finalize Egypt’s national action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), from 6 to...

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Key health-related statistics

General government expenditure on health as % of general government expenditure 5.6
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.6
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 73.2

Eastern Mediterranean Region Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance 2017

Egypt country health profile

Global Health Observatory. Egypt statistics summary (2002–present)

Regional Health Observatory