Eman Orabi, a Syrian tailor, tells her story on how she became a Community Healthcare worker in New Damietta city changing lives, and saving them.
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In 2012, the Egyptian minister of health issued a decree stating that all Syrians living in Egypt have the right to benefit from all healthcare services offered as Egyptian citizens. Many Syrians have depleted their assets and are reliant on assistance to meet their basic health needs. Their demand for approaching affordable primary health services at the MoHP health units is increasing.
UNICEF Egypt supports Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to strengthen the capability of its primary health premises to be able to cope with the increased number of population seeking for primary health care services, particularly maternal and child health.
The organization also supported the training of a group of Syrian volunteers to become Syrian Community Health workers (CHWs). During their home visits to Syrian families, CHWs like Eman (featured in this photo essay) inform mothers about available services and how they can conveniently have them. They sometimes also accompany mothers during their visits to the primary healthcare units to make them feel welcomed and secure.