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Community Refugee Support in Greater Cairo

UNHCR estimates that Egypt is host to more than 115,000 Syrian refugees. Together with the Ministry of Health, we ran a one-year pilot program to increase the resilience of the host health system to serve the refugee population in the Sixth of October district, home to nearly 31,000 refugees.

Project Date: 2015 - 2016
Funder: Ford Foundation
Country: Egypt

1,964 home visits conducted by outreach workers to increase awareness of available health services

31 primary health care staff trained

13 outreach workers hired as part of the project—10 Syrian & 3 Egyptian

31,000 refugees live in Egypt’s Sixth of October district

What We Do

  • Developed and piloted a model of health systems strengthening with the goal of incorporating refugees into the existing public health system
  • Strengthened the capacity of primary health care clinics and their staff, following the Ministry’s Family Health Model, to better balance the needs of the newly arrived refugees and the host community members
  • Increased health awareness among the refugee community, including awareness of key health issues and knowledge of available services in their community, through a team of trained outreach workers
  • Coached governorate and district teams to ensure the transfer of knowledge and skills to the Ministry of Health for future replication

Project Staff Members

Mohamed Abou Nar

Chief Programs and Impact Officer

Mohamed has more than 20 years of experience in international development, quality management, project design, implementation, and...

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