Egypt's health ministry launches convoys for family planning in 6 governorates

Mohamed Soliman , Thursday 5 May 2022

Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population has said it will launch six convoys for reproductive health and family planning in 18 villages in six governorates from 9-12 May.

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File Photo: A family planning adviser speaks with Egyptian mothers at a new clinic in the province of Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, Egypt February 19, 2019. REUTERS

 

The convoys are part of the country's National Project for Developing the Egyptian Family, which aims to raise awareness on the benefits of smaller families in order to lower the rate of population growth.

The project, will provide free family planning and other specialised medical services to women and girls, is set to be implemented over three years, starting in governorates that are currently under the first phase of the countryside-focused presidential initiative Decent Life.

The convoys will be launched in the governorates of Sohag, Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Fayoum and Beheira, said Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, the spokesman for the health ministry.

Each convoy will offer seminars to raise awareness about a number of issues including child marriage, female genital mutilation, and child labour, said Hossam Abbas, the head of the ministry's Population and Family Planning Department.

In late February, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched the National Project for Developing the Egyptian Family to address the issue of overpopulation.

According to officials, Egypt's population, which is currently at 103 million, is set to grow to 153.7 million by 2050, which requires the state to double its infrastructure projects during the coming 30 years.

The Egyptian Family project tackles the health, social, family, and economic dimensions of the overpopulation crisis.

In 2020, Egypt launched a two-year initiative called "Two Is Enough" to encourage people to have fewer children.

Last year, the health ministry began providing all forms of contraception to women free of charge.

The Egyptian president has repeatedly warned against the negative impacts of overpopulation on the country's economic development prospects.

El-Sisi has called on the government to work to lower the annual population growth rate in order to allow citizens to benefit from the fruits of development efforts.

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