Next Billion Patients in Egypt

Partnership objectives

1. Provide healthcare professionals with continuous medical education.

2. Overcome diabetes and other popular chronic and acute diseases as a public health burden by increasing access to medicines for middle socio-economic class in rural areas.

Healthcare is not only a matter of the patient having access to affordable medicines, but to benefit from disease prevention and to receive comprehensive care, from diagnosis to treatment. Healthcare is not only a matter of the patient having access to affordable medicines, but to benefit from disease prevention and to receive comprehensive care, from diagnosis to treatment. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

According to the IDF, there were over 7.8 million cases of diabetes in Egypt in 2015. Affordability remains the biggest challenge for Egyptian patients. The middle socio-economic class in rural areas represents around 68% of the population. This affects the level of health awareness and education of patients and healthcare professionals.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges:

Sanofi considers that access to healthcare is not only a matter of the patient having access to affordable medicines, but of having the opportunity to benefit from disease prevention and to receive comprehensive care, from diagnosis to treatment. In order to achieve this and overcome the huge public health burden, Sanofi Egypt focused on 2 main arms to address these burdens. 

First Arm

Providing Healthcare professionals with continuous medical education developed through different partnerships in order to leverage their skills in diagnosing and treating their patients. The programs were targeting 5 main healthcare professionals (HCPs):

1. Primary Health Care units serving thousands of patients in rural areas through EG PULSE program in partnership with Health Authorities. Those HCPs are one of the main arms as they are in the direct interface with the patients and our objective is that they would provide them with the best quality of service while dealing with infectious diseases, ensuring prevention, leading to a better life style. 

2. Educate residence doctors through EG SCOPE program in collaboration with the American college of cardiology and Dale Carnegie providing accredited curriculum either from medical or soft skills aspects, to ensure all levels of doctors are having good standards of knowledge in hypertension and the capability to treat Egyptian patients.

3. According to a survey conducted during 2015, the pharmacists are taking a key role in advising patients and there is a need for reinforcing their skills. Therefore, the “Share the Care” forums were piloted during Q4/2015.

4. Unleashing the potential of dentists through the “DATE” (i.e. Dental Assistant and Training Educational program), reaching 500 dentists in 2016.

5. “EG Care” arm is designed for private doctors through interactive symposiums (case studies) Hypertension, Diabetes and family medicine 

Second Arm

Reaching the unreachable patients in rural most disadvantaged vulnerable areas, and providing them with treatment through access to medicine program. With this objective, Sanofi Egypt designed a specific affordable therapeutic portfolio covering the most widespread acute and chronic diseases, in order to suit this socio economic class and provide patients with quality medicines at an affordable daily cost.

In 2016, the initiative achieved the following results:

•  800 primary care physicians trained through EG Pulse in 16 Governorates

•  150 residents doctors were certified  by the American college of cardiology and Dale Carnegie

•  600 reference pharmacists were trained

•  500 dentists trained

•  1500 doctors trained through “EG Care” 

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Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Egyptian Pediatric Association, Egyptian Society of Cardiology, Egyptian Society of Diabetes, Egyptian Syndicate of Medicine, Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Professional Associations

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Differential Pricing, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) General population, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income

Region(s) Middle East & North Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Egypt

Start Date 2012

More information Access to healthcare in Egypt

Anticipated completion date Ongoing