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Egypt’s Ministry of Health, UNHCR to Strengthen Cooperation

Wed 17 Apr 2019 | 06:11 PM
Norhan Mahmoud

Aiming to enhance healthcare services to non-Egyptian residents, Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health, met with Mr. Karim Atassi, UNHCR Egypt Representative, to discuss collaboration efforts in relation to refugees and asylum-seekers.

The minister announced that a memorandum of understanding will be inked with the UNHCR.

Mr. Atassi recalled dual cooperation with Egyptian authorities, noting: “throughout history, Egypt and its people have been welcoming their guests, including refugees, to their homes and hearts.”

They will be benefiting from both the “comprehensive new health insurance services” and “the President’s initiative for early detection of breast cancer for all women residing in Egypt, that is scheduled to be launched on July 1.”

Egypt has previously included refugees in several healthcare campaigns, for example; the polio, obesity, dwarfism, anaemia and “100 Million Seha” initiatives.

Zayed noted that “100 Million Seha” has scanned 3185 non-Egyptians and will provide free treatment for those diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

Meanwhile, a database of non-nationals including registered refugees and asylum-seekers is being developed to facilitate services provision.

Likewise, Hepatitis C testing centers are being established in 14 African countries- including Somalia, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan- as part of the “100 Million Seha” campaign. The initiative will  provide free treatment for one million Africans.

Since opening it’s doors in 1954, the UNHCR office in Egypt joint projects with authorities kicked off  post signing a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.