Government of Japan join hands with UNICEF to provide healthcare and psychosocial support services in North Sinai

Thanks to the contributions from the Government of Japan, UNICEF reached most vulnerable populations in North Sinai

25 January 2022

UNICEF and the Government of Japan have been jointly working since February 2021 to alleviate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable populations in North Sinai. The coordinated efforts reached directly 56,034 beneficiaries in several districts namely in Al Arish, Ber El Abd, Hasana, El Sheikh Zowayed, and Nekhel districts by providing crucial healthcare and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable families.

The joint implemented activities provided essential health, nutrition, and psychosocial support services for the families affected by COVID-19 especially children and women, while also improving the capacity of the healthcare professionals through providing them with trainings and through equipping healthcare facilities. The joint activities also played an important role in enhancing child protection systems to support the population in North Sinai.

UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS), and in close coordination with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERC), provided healthcare and case management services (including psychosocial and recreational support) to 5,428 children, adolescents, and youth through 21 family clubs established in Primary Healthcare Units (PHUs). These family clubs were fully equipped to host children in a safe and stimulative environment. In addition, positive parenting material were distributed to Health educators to implement awareness sessions for parents.

As for the healthcare activities, the project also provided high-quality primary healthcare services to the North Sinai community, where 25,000 under-five children received immunization and growth monitoring services, and 5,028 pregnant women received antenatal care services. Nurses received midwifery vocational training to cover the gap of obstetricians in North Sinai especially in remote communities. While 30 primary healthcare facilities were provided with essential equipment to enhance maternal, child health and nutrition services.

Thanks to the generous contributions from the Government of Japan, UNICEF Egypt in collaboration with MoHP and MoSS was able to advance the shared commitment to protecting the rights and improving the well-being of children in Egypt, particularly in North Sinai governorate.

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Jonathan Crickx
Chief of Communication
UNICEF Egypt
Hala Abu Khatwa
Advocacy & Communications Manager
UNICEF Egypt

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