I Know, I Decide: eHealth in Egypt
I Know, I Decide, implemented by Pathfinder in collaboration with the Egyptian Family Planning Association (EFPA), provided comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to young people in ten governorates. This project addressed the barriers adolescent girls face in accessing sexual and reproductive health information.
Recognizing that social and gender-related barriers and constraints can often prevent them from participating in traditional life skills and peer education programs, Pathfinder’s project provided sexual and reproductive health information for young people aged 10-24 with an emphasis on strengthening EFPA’s capacity to reach girls aged 10-19 who are often underserved. As part of this project, Pathfinder supported EFPA to build a youth-friendly portal on the EFPA website which will provide a wider audience of young people with additional opportunities to access sexual and reproductive health and life skills educational content through an innovative and interactive platform.
The project also worked with the Health Insurance Organization to enhance school doctors' ability to provide sexual and reproductive health information to girls in 20 schools in the Alexandria area.
Pathfinder looks to develop and pilot a model of health systems strengthening based on the Ministry of Health family health package, in order to increase the quality of health care serving refugee populations and their host communities.
FORSA provides employment opportunities for rural Egyptians by hiring youth as community health advocates and providing training and financial support for women to start their own microenterprises.
With support from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder will establish a replicable model for nongovernmental organizations and community development associations to engage community-level stakeholders and gatekeepers in contributing to the prevention of early marriage.
Youths are deprived of information and services related to sexual or reproductive health. These issues are considered taboo due to social, cultural or religious norms in the developing and middle-income countries, speakers discussed on the third day of the International Conference on Family Planning, held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Indonesia.
Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Health, USAID, Pathfinder International, and Egyptian media gathered on August 20 at Cairo’s Intercontinental City Stars Hotel to commemorate the end of the Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas project.