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MSF in Egypt, 2010
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Egypt’s public health system is well established, but has limitations in fields like maternal health. Despite healthcare being subsidised, people with low incomes may still not be able to access care.
In 2010, MSF began supporting the Egyptian organisation Al Shehab in opening and operating a maternal and child health clinic in the Cairo slum of Ezbet el Haggana, home to hundreds of thousands of people. Residents include Egyptians who have left their rural homes, long-term inhabitants of Cairo, and migrants who mainly come from Somalia and Sudan.
MSF provided technical and managerial supervision to Al Shehab staff working in the clinic. From June until November 2010, clinic staff carried out more than 5,200 paediatric consultations, referring patients to national health facilities for vaccinations. Almost 1,500 antenatal consultations were held, and more than 200 women were referred to hospital for delivery. The referral system ensured all patients received free care in hospital. Administrativeconsiderations relating to Al Shehab's clinic registration meant that the clinic’s activities had to be suspended in November 2010.
Since 2009, MSF has developed an extensive network of contacts in the country, which is helping us identify gaps in healthcare and is facilitating our efforts to provide assistance in Egypt. At the end of 2010, MSF’s registration in the country was being processed.
MSF started working in Egypt in 2010.