In Egypt, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs services tailored to the needs of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers living in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria.
By the end of December 2019, more than 250,000 refugees and asylum seekers were officially registered in Egypt, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. More than half of them were from Syria; the others came from countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen.
Our Cairo program, launched in 2012, has a multi-disciplinary approach adapted to the specific needs of migrants and refugees, consisting of medical and mental health care, sexual and reproductive health services, physiotherapy and social support. During the year, we conducted a total of 16,300 outpatient consultations, including 8,250 individual mental health consultations and 2,260 for physiotherapy. We also provided nearly 2,050 social support sessions. Learn how you can best help in Egypt and other countries.
In 2019, our teams enrolled 737 new survivors of ill-treatment/physical abuse in the program. We strengthened our therapeutic mental health group approach, conducting more than 110 sessions with a total of 1,140 participants. We provided a comprehensive package of care for 1,330 victims of sexual violence, 739 of whom received care within 72 hours of the incident. We also increased our engagement with civil society, government, key medical providers, and academic institutions regarding the issue of violence against women. As part of this effort, we organized a conference at the end of the year to discuss the medical and mental health consequences of sexual and gender-based violence and find ways to improve access to care for victims. Please donate to support our work in Egypt and other countries around the world now.
MSF established a Medical and Psychological Support Unit (MPSU) to enable clinics run by partner organizations to offer comprehensive services to victims of sexual violence. The MPSU will support these organizations to integrate, maintain, and sustain the services independently. It is currently partnered with three organizations in seven clinics in Alexandria and Greater Cairo.
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