Virus prevention IN EGYPT
Reducing HCV Transmission by Reducing Exposure
Project Prevention Opportunities
Our project has many opportunities that currently exist that make the project much more easier to implement. Some of these are :
1. The transmission of HCV in Egypt is well documented in the international as well as Egyptian medical literature.
2. No new costly time consuming research is needed to determine the primarily and by far most significant route of transmission of HCV in Egypt. This is known.
3. Prevention interventions can begin immediately.
4. Prevention is low cost or in some cases, no cost.
5. Prevention is technically simple, i .e. reduce exposure to human blood. This does not require learning new difficult techniques nor require expensive complex equipment.
6. Moreover, the virus, HCV, is, relatively speaking, fragile, easy to disinfect, and generally occurs at lower viral loads than for example hepatitis B virus or bacterial pathogens.
7. There is no limitation on local Egyptian human resources who have the necessary talent, training, skills and experience to participate in intervention programs. This is an untapped resource.
8. Sustainability is assured due to low cost, available human resources, and the technically simple prevention interventions.
9. Reducing exposure to HCV will improve over all infection control and reduce the transmission of other iatrogenic infections.
10. Prevention has no cultural barriers. (for example, sexual transmission of HCV is rare)
11. Prevention is widely supported including the Egyptian Society for Infection Control, the Ministry of Health and Population and by other local public and private organizations and institutions.
12. Setting up a local prevention project is not complex and has a short start up organizational period.
13. Dr. Miller has years of experience working in Egypt.
14. Egyptian project leaders and other participants in health care, dental care, pharmacology, and education have already been identified.
15. Relative to the size of the HCV public health problem, the project costs are very low. HCV prevention is cost effective.
16. The project has built in evaluation.
17. IT and social media will help propagate prevention and support evaluation.