Eleven million people in Egypt are infected with Hepatitis-C and a half million get infected each year. Egypt has by the far the highest level of Hepatitis C in the world. The epidemic originated in the late 1960’s when public health workers used unsterilized needles to treat people with Belahresia. Since then, the virus has continued to spread due to inadequate sterilization at medical facilities, lack of adequate testing and unhygienic habits of barbers, tattooing and circumcision. Everyone living in Egypt is at risk. Public medical facilities are unable to deal with the amount of patients seeking help. The medication costs are prohibitive and state funding cannot cover the needs of existing patients. Moreover, people with Hepatitis-C are denied work in Arab states and Egyptian government companies even if the virus is dormant. Applications for work now require that seekers get screened before they get accepted. In rural Cairo the situation is even worst. People in many villages do no even have the medical facilities of the state.
My motivation as a photojournalist is to bring certain hidden realities into the light. Together with my studies in development and politics of the third world, my goal has mostly been to highlight social injustice and to dispel misrepresentations that abound in society. For the passed 6 month I have been working on the Hepatitis-c project and road safety
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