The World Health Organisation have validated Egypt’s three major health and screening initiatives, for the general population, as well as for women and children.
The WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom, met with Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, together with the country’s minister of health, Hala Zayed, to discuss the programmes.
The WHO verification report took the organisation 2,550 working hours to analyse the scientific methods used in screening, raising people’s health awareness, and providing medical care to patients of 100 million health initiatives. The analysis has confirmed the data and accuracy of the programmes, as well as the campaign for 100 million health programmes, using scientific methods, in surveying more than 60 million citizens, which make up 60% of Egypt’s population.
Adhanom said the main reason for his visit to Egypt was to deliver the report prepared by the WHO, to president Al-Sisi. This meant that Egypt’s initiative will be a model for other countries, who want to run similar major health campaigns.
“WHO supports Al-Sisi's initiatives to provide health care to Egyptian and African citizens, as the organisation is Egypt's partner in implementing the 100 million health initiative, as all initiatives aimed to address health problems in Egypt and Africa as well,” said Adhanom, who said that the WHO will benefit from Egypt’s experience in providing health care and screening on the African continent.
Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Britain, and France have initiated similar programmes in their own countries. Commitment towards implementing the initiative is what makes Egypt unique and different from other countries, confirmed Adhanom.
According to Adhanom, the initiative of the 100 million health is the largest in the world, which has examined about 60% of Egypt’s population. “WHO is proud to support the initiative, which was not limited to detecting the virus Hepatitis C, but it also included screening for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, blood pressure and others,” said Adhanom.
Adhanom quoted president Al-Sisi who said: “health care is not for the rich only, but for everyone. Poor and rich people must have the same and equal medical care.”
He pointed out that president Al-Sisi’s strong determination to continue implementing the 100 million health initiative is impressive. “I am impressed also by the Egyptian government initiative for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer, which includes 28 million women to be screened throughout one year,” said Adhanom
Zayed noted that since July 1st, the beginning of the women’s health initiative, 2,600 women have been screened.
Adhanoum pointed out that the report related to Egypt's initiatives in the field of health care, and disease control, will be available to all countries to benefit from it.
“Al-Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness to transfer the Egyptian experience in the field of health care to African countries,” added Adhanom.
The success of the Egyptian initiatives in the field of health care, including 100 million health, will inspire other countries to implement similar initiatives, he said.
Adhanom explained that there is a clear commitment on behalf of Al-Sisi, as the chairman of the African Union, to share Egypt's successful health care initiatives with African countries.
For her turn, Zayed said the campaign for early detection of breast cancer targets females starting at the age of 18, noting that the coming period will see the launch of more public health initiatives, saying, "the coming time is the era of initiatives," she said
Zayed stressed the importance of political leadership in Egypt to support and care for women's health, pointing out that the WHO is Egypt’s partner over implementing women's health campaigns.
According to Zayed, the WHO is cooperating with the country’s ministry of health in all fields, and is acting as an external observer of all health ministry activities and initiatives, stressing that Egypt has been successful in all previous initiatives that have been implemented.