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Egypt Marks World Autism Awareness Day

Thu 04 Apr 2024 | 01:31 PM
Ahmed Emam Badawy

On World Autism Awareness Day, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and other institutions in Egypt illuminated in blue to show their support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. They participated in the global “Light it Up Blue” campaign, which is celebrated annually on April 2nd.

The Ministry of Education and Technical Education and the Ministry of Social Solidarity, located in the New Administrative Capital, as well as the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), turned their buildings blue. Additionally, the Ministry of Education instructed educational directorates and schools across Egypt to participate in the celebration by turning on blue lights.

The GEM, the largest archaeological museum in the world, hosted the Egyptian Autistic Society's annual celebration, where the talents of autistic people were showcased. The event was attended by actors Ghada Adel and Taha Desouky, who starred in a 2024 drama about an autistic lawyer.

The Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevine El-Qabbaj, was also present at the event. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Population turned on blue lights at 21 hospitals and medical centres in 15 governorates.

The General Director of Hospitals of the General Secretariat for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment, Menan Abdel-Maksoud, revealed that the ministry's mental health platform now provides early detection services for autism for children aged 16-30 months. Abdel-Maksoud also stated that the General Secretariat's hospitals have received over 4,500 visits from autism spectrum disorder patients who receive treatment.