August 2011The Egyptian Interferon: A Scientific Debate and Necessary Regulations that need to be Issued
Introduction: On July 28th 2011, the World Health Organisation celebrated World Hepatitis Day for the first time. On this occasion, the WHO highlights that there are around 350 million people suffering from chronic hepatitis B and around 170 million people suffering from chronic hepatitis C (HCV) worldwide. Moreover, it urges member states of the WHO and all other countries to provide treatment and preventative measures to all those affected by this disease.
February 2010Organ Transplant Legislation: From Trade to Donation
Introduction- Organ transplantation is, without a doubt, one of the most significant achievements in modern medicine. In many cases, it is the only treatment for the late stages of organ failure and chronic heart, liver and kidney disease. Organ transplants continue to give hope to millions of people around the world.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) filed an urgent lawsuit (no. 64/2457) with the Court of Administrative Justice seeking the suspension of the Minister of Health decree that went into effect on 25 September 2009. The decree establishes a new pricing system for drugs in Egypt, which will inevitably entail a sharp increase in prices.
December 2009Preliminary Analysis of the New Health Insurance Bill
Introduction- The history of health insurance in Egypt began with the establishment of the General Health Insurance Organization in 1964. It was then followed by the issuance of several laws created to gradually guarantee the right to health insurance to all citizens.
This report presents the proceedings of a roundtable discussion organized by the Health and Human Rights Program of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) for a group of public-health policy experts to give them the opportunity to exchange views on public and total health expenditure, and its impact on health systems and citizens’ health. Participants explored ways of improving the status quo and guaranteeing citizens’ right to integrated, humane health care.
Introduction- In 2008, the Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt announced that it would submit to Parliament a draft for a new mental health law to replace the existing one, which has been in force since 1944. This legislative initiative provides an important opportunity to discuss the issue of mental health from a human rights perspective.
1. Introduction- On 1 January 2005, the agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (hereinafter TRIPS) came into force in Egypt, which is now bound by international law to implement its duties under this agreement in order to ensure full protection of intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademarks and patent rights.
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