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Egypt: Brutal beatings, poor pay push doctors abroad in search of better jobs

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This article is part of the dossier:

Africa’s Medical Brain Drain

By The Africa Report

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Posted on May 2, 2023 10:19

 © An Egyptian doctor in Cairo tests a patient for Hepatitis C. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
An Egyptian doctor in Cairo tests a patient for Hepatitis C. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Rising medical costs and poor working conditions at Egyptian government hospitals prompted Amr Shaker*, an aspiring dentist, to ask the question: Why stay in a country that offers so little for young doctors?

This is part 2 of a 6-part series

It didn’t take him long to make what could be a life-changing decision. He flew to Berlin to obtain what was equivalent to a medical degree in the hope of pursuing a career overseas.

“I never imagined that I would leave my home and my family. I’m here [in Berlin] starting from scratch,” Shaker tells The Africa Report.

“Things in Egypt are not going well so I had to take risks and bear the pressure of moving abroad.”

Young doctors interviewed by The Africa Report paint a gloomy picture of the conditions under which they operate. The situation has left the country grappling with medical brain drain that has substantially grown in recent years.

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