I Know, I Decide: eHealth in Egypt
I Know, I Decide is implemented by Pathfinder in collaboration with the Egyptian Family Planning Association (EFPA) designed to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to young people in ten governorates. This project addresses 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 provides 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 will support 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 works 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.
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.
Guided by principles set by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme, Pathfinder is conducting two interventions that support sexual and reproductive health and rights in Egypt.
Named after the Arabic word for "integration," Takamol promoted an integrated model for strengthening maternal and child health, family planning, and reproductive health services.
Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.
On June 16, with funding from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder International in Egypt, in conjunction with the National Population Council, launched a new national strategy for preventing child marriage.