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Chronic hepatitis C estimated at 9.2 million individuals in Middle East and North Africa
During a press conference in Dubai on World Hepatitis Day scientific medical experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region jointly announced a consensus statement on the identification and challenges posed by chronic hepatitis C in this region, calling for national and local governments and health care providers to join forces to address this condition.
Hepatitis C is highly prevalent in the MENA region with approximately 9.2 million individuals infected with this condition. The announcement was made at a press conference in Dubai on World Hepatitis Day, attended by international and MENA scientific medical experts.
The study undertaken in 2010, by the international scientific agency PharmARC with financial support of healthcare company MSD, comprised a search of the literature gauging the opinion of selected hepatitis C experts in MENA including Jordan.
Its aim was to identify the challenges posed by hepatitis C. Following the outcomes of this research the experts met as a 'clinical network' to generate regional patient management and infection prevention recommendations, as well as country-specific research and initiatives to guide efforts toward addressing the Hepatitis C challenges.http://bit.ly/pMQm6f