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Egypt

  • By: Sheila Peuchaud
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The Arab Republic of Egypt is a middle-income country in the midst of political upheaval. The health system is extensive and has made remarkable progress in terms of vaccination, increasing the life expectancy, and controlling population growth, though there are significant discrepancies in terms of regional, urban-rural, and socioeconomic divides. Current health challenges focus on lifestyle factors such as diet, road safety, and gender-based violence.

Egypt has experienced political turmoil following the 2011 ouster of Hosni Mubarak, who had been president of the country since 1981. Following a transition period of direct military government, Mohammed Morsi was democratically elected to serve as president in 2012, but he was deposed through a popularly supported military action in 2013. The instability has at times led to violent street ...

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