The World Bank has announced its plans to invest $530mn in a new project to support the improvement of Egypt’s public healthcare services.
The five-year “Transforming Egypt’s Healthcare System’’ project will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Population and will be an integral component of Egypt’s ambitious health reforms, according to the World Bank.
From expanding its family planning services, developing its Hepatitis C programme to treat over a million patients and supporting its new Universal Health Insurance System, the project will enhance the quality of care at 600 primary healthcare facilities and 27 hospitals, and bring in the adoption of new digital tools to deliver clinical excellence.
Family planning services will receive a $35mn investment, where its community health worker programme will aim to provide better health and nutrition information, screen one million units of blood per annum, and screen 20 million Egyptians against non-communicable diseases.
With the recent enactment of the Comprehensive Health Insurance law, demand for quality healthcare is expected to grow in the country for all citizens, irrespective of costs. The project will therefore seek to make healthcare more affordable for all.
“Health is a top priority for the government’’ explained Dr Hala Zaid, Minister of Health and Population.
“This project aims to tackle Egypt’s top health agenda priorities: eliminating Hepatitis C, strengthening community, primary, and secondary healthcare services and addressing public health concerns including blood safety, family planning and non-communicable diseases.
“The project will allow us to achieve our goal of ensuring that every Egyptian has access to the quality healthcare that will enable them to lead prosperous lives and contribute to Egypt’s development.’’
‘’This project is about investing in people’’ commented Dr Asad Alam, World Bank Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti. ‘’Improving Egypt’s health care system will strengthen the country’s human capital and further build the foundation for growth and prosperity.’’