Strengthening research to combat liver disease
Thebera project video ; (www.thebera.eg.net)
... Liver disease is one of the leading causes of death in Egypt - second only to cardiac disease - and accounts for almost 10% of overall mortality in the country. To make headway in this area of research, two Egyptian and two EU-based partners joined forces in an EU-funded project that also highlighted the importance of the business side of science.
“We have a weak point here in Egypt,” explains Sanaa Botros of the Theodor Bilharz Research Institute (TBRI) in Giza, coordinator of the THEBERA project. “We have different institutes involved in liver research and liver disease management, but apart from the National Committee for the Control of Viral Hepatitis, we do not have an oversight body that can coordinate all of the activities.”
This weakness was identified as an important gap when the project mapped the state of the art of liver disease research in Egypt.