WHO Country Office is Providing Technical Support to The National Aids Control Program, And The National Tb Control Programme , Ministry Of Health And Population (Mohp) In Responding To The Hiv And Tb Epidemics In The Country. The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical capacity to aid the delivery of this support.
Egypt remains a low HIV prevalence country with an evidence of a concentrated epidemic among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men in Cairo and Alexandria (BioBSS 2010). However relative to 2010, data shows a significant increase in new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths (421% and 88% respectvively), which prompts for updating the evidence base in addition to revising the situation and gap analysis that essentially informs the national strategic framework.
The National AIDS Program, established in 1987, coordinates the national efforts to control HIV and AIDS, through working with a wide range of stakeholders. Egypt has gone through steady forward steps towards implementing harm reduction interventions as well as HCV elimination especially among people who inject drugs together with more resources spent on scaling up service provision all over Egypt for PLHIV and key populations in particular.
The Arab Republic of Egypt is a low Tuberculosis (TB) burden country that began implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy from 1996 onwards in a phased manner; the entire country was covered by 2000. The country has been making steady progress in TB control and showing decreasing trends. According to the WHO Global TB report 2020, the TB incidence rate for Egypt is estimated to be 12 (10-13) per 100,000 population and 114 (90-141) per 100,000 for Eastern Mediterranean region. The proportion change in incidence rate between 2015 and 2019 was found to be -20% for Egypt and -3.5% for Eastern Mediterranean region respectively. While globally, the TB incidence rate and the proportion change in incidence rate between 2015 and 2019 is found to be 130/100,000 and -8.8% respectively
The country is progressing in the right direction to achieve the END TB goals. The proportion change in TB incidence is -20% between 2015 and 2019 when compared to EMR (-3.5%) and global (-8.8%), However, there are many challenges in delivering TB care services in hard-to-reach areas and vulnerable populations. There is a need to have a strong national commitments and interventions . Involvement of all care providers, including NGOs, and the private sector in TB prevention and care is instrumental in staying focussed to achieve effective and comprehensive TB control.
This assignment is needed to provide the necessary technical support in the areas identified as a part of Egypt's strategic plan 2021-2025 in allignement with the suistainable development goals and global targets
The consultant will be working closely with WHO National Professional Officer HIV/Hepatitis, and under the supervision of the NOC Communicable Disease They are expected to provide support and follow the following activities:
Output 1: Provide suppprt in HIV and TB strategic planning , programme review and stakeholders meetings
Output 2: Strengthen National AIDS Program (NAP) capacity to effectively implement preventive interventions, especially among Key Populations.
Deliverable 2.1: follow up on harm reduction interventions as NSP , OAT and HIV
Deliverable 2.2: Capacitate NGOs working in HIV and SRH all over Egypt to foster HIV prevention, testing and treatment activities
Output 3: Support the integration of HIV and TB activities into the wider health system and wider initiatives for the prevention and management of infection and health secrutiy
Deliverable 3.1 : Enhance effective integration and coordination among different sectors
Output 4: Apply effective information management system for HIV &TB prevention
Output 5: Support development and update the national clinical guidelines for both HIV and TB programme according to the latest WHO guidelines
Output 6: Support and coordinate Global fund activities with both NAP and NTP
: Review and analyse data on both HIV preventive services among key populations and TB, every quarter and support in analyzing epidemiological trends;
Delieverable 7.: Expolore opportunities for additional funding for communicable diseass in Egypt
Output 8: Technical report summarizing activities undertaken during the reporting period, including main outcomes and follow-up actions
University degree in health/public health sciences or related fields.
Skills/Technical skills and knowledge:
Languages and level required:
Fluent English (Read - Write - Speak);
Fluent Arabic (Read Write Speak )
WHO Country Office, Cairo, Egypt.
Start date: 15 Jan 2023
End date: 30 September 2023
The expected workload would be 11 days per month
The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
The Consultant is expected to travel within Egypt. Travel requests will be raised in due course
All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on a mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.
Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfill visa requirements and ask for a visa support letter(s) if needed.