With its expansion and having the objective to reach out to more vulnerable communities and help them receive the healthcare services they are entitled to, our project is in the preparation phase to launch an online/offline academy for the local partners NGOs in different governorates.
Based on a survey conducted earlier in 2024, we found the interest of at least 150 NGOs to receive this training to increase the ability of their employees in helping and supporting the different cases reaching them out for help in the healthcare sector. So, based on that we are currently tailoring a training program including three levels.
The first level shall be an online training with all the basic knowledge that they need to know in order to dig deeper in the national insurance system and be able to help and support patients.
The second level will be offline with the NGOs who will pass the first level. It will be more advanced and shall cover the case management in steps with the access to the Case Management System we have.
The third and final level will be approving and giving the NGO the label as our project branch in the governorate and provide them with laptops , internet bundles and frequent follow up.
This shall help us reach more patients through these local NGOs and ensure their right referral after the training we deliver to them.
Without your continuous support we wouldn’t be able to support directly and indirectly the underprivileged citizens to receive better healthcare services.
Stay tuned for the next milestone in our project that will focus on the irregular workers and their right to healthcare services in Egypt.
Between the current healthcare insurance system which is not covering any unemployed citizen and the new Universal Healthcare Coverage implemented recently in Egypt to be fully active by 2030, the situation of elderly care in Egypt is critical, especially for those who are suffering from chronic diseases, cancer, Alzheimer's, etc.
Ashraf, a 58-year-old man living with his sister, who is 60 years old, is suffering from lung cancer and needs up to 30 chemotherapy sessions. This little family is living below the poverty line with low income and depending on donations most of the time; they cannot afford chemotherapy out of the insurance system, which cannot cover, in turn, the expenses of Ahsraf’s treatment as he is considered elderly. Also, he was on a long waiting list, although his condition is very critical. So, his treatment falls under “on the expenses of the state'; which extensively takes time and effort to have an approval to get the treatment. When Ashraf’s sister knew about us, offering the required help and support for patients to get their rights in the healthcare system, she was almost going to sell the furniture of the house and what was left of her jewelry.
For 4 months, with a lot of back and forth with the governmental entities, dealing with the bureaucracy of the requirements to secure the treatment of Ashraf on the expenses of the state, El Naseh team succeeded in saving 83,550 Egyptian pounds for this family by finalizing all the required documents so Ahsraf can receive the full treatment on the expenses of the state. Finally, Ashraf was able to receive his chemotherapy sessions fully covered by the expenses of the state.
Now that Ashraf’s condition is stable, he is receiving regular chemotherapy sessions, and his sister shared with el Naseh team: “I did everything, and I didn't know what else to do. I was witnessing the slow death of my brother and was hopeless. I sold everything, and without you and your help, I could’ve sold everything else. I had to save my brother, and still, it wasn’t going to be enough.”
Dear supporter, this is the impact of your continuous support for our project. With you by our side, we can help more families get access to healthcare services in Egypt.
We thank you for always being our bigger family who support us.
In celebration of the International Day of Action Towards Women's Health, we held a launching event for our latest publications. This publication focused on mapping the mental health services in Egypt: what are the available services, where patients can find them, and their cost.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health in Egypt. A study by the Egyptian Mental Health Research Institute found that the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress increased significantly during the pandemic. The study also found that these mental health problems were more common among women, young people, and people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
There are several factors that have contributed to the decline in mental health in Egypt during the pandemic. These include:
The uncertainty and fear caused by the pandemic
The economic hardship caused by the pandemic
The social isolation caused by the pandemic
The disruption to education and work caused by the pandemic
The government of Egypt has taken some steps to address the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic.
Increasing the number of mental health professionals
Providing free mental health services
Raising awareness about mental health
However, more needs to be done to address the mental health crisis in Egypt. The government needs to invest more in mental health services and make them more accessible to all Egyptians. The government also needs to work to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. In this research we aimed to:
Identify the places where mental health services are provided to citizens of Egypt.
Determine the suitability of these services for the most groups out of need.
Determine the most important challenges facing receiving the service.
Develop recommendations aimed at improving services accessibility for the most vulnerable groups.
This included a full mapping of the services available in different sectors such as:
Outpatient services specialized in general psychiatry and psychological and family support
Services provided to Women
Mental health services provided to children
Services dedicated to the elderly
Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health institutions
With your continuous support we will be able to work on practice and solutions to address the identified gaps in the Mental Health file in Egypt.
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