Al-Ahram Weekly On-line
5 - 11 April 2001
Issue No.528
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As recipients continue to suffer the ill-effects of the declining standards and rising costs of healthcare, the debate on health reform rages on. Al-Ahram Weekly marks World Health Day, 7 April, by taking an in-depth look at some of the country's most pressing health issues

Living dangerously
With a glut of doctors and the dream of universal health care coverage, why are so many people left to fend for themselves? Hala Sakr sizes up the task of health care reform

Dare to care
World Health Organisation Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Hussein A Geziary speaks to Hala Sakr on the changing nature of the WHO and its mission in the region

Tackling TB
Tuberculosis has always been a killer, but one unlikely group of fighters took on the beast. Amira El Noshokaty celebrates Egypt's oldest health care NGO

A taste of their own medicine
With most drugs in Egypt sold over the counter, many of us prescribe our own medicines, or have friends prescribe them for us. Rana Allam peers inside some dangerous bottles

A painful price
Bilharzia, diabetes, hypertension -- Egypt is riddled with these afflictions and they all add up to one looming threat: chronic renal failure. But as Dalia Dabbous reports, diagnosis is often only the beginning of a long nightmare


Between life and death
Does a new draft law regulating organ transplant have half a chance? Shaden Shehab searches for hope in the heated debate that throws together science and theology

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