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Image of a mother and child in an intensive neonatal care center in Egypt; the child is being treated by a doctor..
A mother and her child receive health services in an intensive neonatal care center in Egypt.

For more than 30 years, USAID has helped improve the health and well-being of Egyptians. Activities in the health area increase the technical, managerial and leadership skills of health care workers and managers; improve infectious disease detection and response; combat malnutrition; collect critical data on the health status of Egyptians nationwide; and provide technical assistance to the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population.

Project Areas 

Family Planning and Reproductive Health:  USAID contributes to efforts to improve the quality of, and access to, family planning and reproductive health services and information. Activities increase awareness of healthy family planning options and reproductive health behaviors with skills building for providers to strengthen their counseling skills. 

Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health:  USAID partners with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population to increase women’s access to quality antenatal and post-partum care services, improve newborn care and scale up best practices in post-partum home care. Activities include updating child growth monitoring standards, strengthening counseling services, and improving nurses’ clinical and counseling skills and mid-level management skills. 

Nutrition:  USAID continues to expand on successful community health programs that address malnutrition and promote healthier behaviors. Activities are aimed at improving health providers’ capacity to identify and manage nutritional problems. USAID supports improved prenatal nutrition, early and exclusive breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding for infants and proper feeding practices during childhood illness. 

Emerging and Infectious Disease Detection and Response:  USAID helps Egypt improve its infectious disease surveillance system and better respond to endemic and emerging diseases. USAID supports implementation of the National Infection Control program, provides technical assistance for Epidemiology and Surveillance Units, and works with the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit to decrease hospital-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance.

Health Systems Strengthening:  USAID aims to improve the efficiency, equity, and quality of the health care system in Egypt. Our activities provide a comprehensive approach to health care, focusing on financing, operational issues, governance, human resources, and capacity building. USAID works with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population to collect and publish analyses that monitor health system performance; we utilize this data for policy recommendations and strategic reform. 

Last updated: March 19, 2015

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