Effective September 1, 2017, Pathfinder International will expand upon its critical health work with Syrian and sub-Saharan African refugee populations in Egypt with a new project made possible with funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Migration and Refugees.
The one-year project will improve the health of Syrian and sub-Saharan African refugees by streamlining refugees into the national public health system. Using an integrated model based on service improvement in areas with high densities of refugee populations, Pathfinder will build the clinical capacity of healthcare providers and primary health care facilities boards.
More than 200,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers presently reside in Egypt. These refugees live among the host population rather than in camps, and they are granted access to the same health centers and public schools as Egyptian citizens. Syrian and sub-Saharan African refugees are provided with outpatient consultations and health care services for children and mothers, including voluntary family planning services, at the same subsidized rate as Egyptians. Yet, many refugees do not access the health services available to them due to language and sociocultural barriers, as well as the need to improve the overall quality of services offered. Pathfinder’s work with refugees focuses on areas where both refugees and host communities share needs for quality services.
This new project builds on Pathfinder’s recent Community Refugee Support project in Cairo through which we successfully integrated refugee health services into existing facilities, improved linkages between the health system and the refugee community, and increased access to healthcare services for this vulnerable population. Overall, there were nearly 2,000 home visits to refugee families, and the number of refugee receiving services increased from just 54 between March and May in 2015 to 370 in the same time-frame one year later.