USAID announces $9 mln contribution to support Egypt's COVID-19 response

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Aug 2022

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced on Tuesday that it would be contributing $9 million (EGP 173.4 million) in new funding to support Egypt's COVID-19 response.



According to an official statement, the USAID – in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – launched a new programme to "address the most pressing needs of the Egyptian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

The programme will support healthcare systems and its workers in Egypt as well as accelerate the country’s ambitious vaccination goals, the USAID noted.

The programme was officially launched during a meeting on Monday at the Egyptian health ministry's headquarters in New Alamein City, in the presence of the Egyptian Minister of Health Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, WHO Representative in Egypt Naeema AlGaseer, and USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed.

“This new programme will support Egypt’s health system by training more healthcare workers and providing them with the supplies needed to expand access to vaccines for all Egyptians," Reed said during the meeting.

It will also make sure that "vaccines get to where they are needed most and will provide accurate information so that people feel confident about getting themselves and their families fully vaccinated," she added.

All of this, USAID Mission Director noted, will help create a base for ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and other future public health threats.

Until April 2022, according to the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt had received 25 million doses of American vaccines via the COVAX initiative in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).

A statement issued by the Egyptian health ministry said Abdel-Ghaffar stressed the importance of cooperating with the USAID to train all healthcare system workers in surveillance, tracking and response to the coronavirus  pandemic.

On Thursday, the Egyptian health ministry said 50 million people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus nationwide, which is 78 percent of the target population.

In addition, nearly 99.8 percent of the target population have received their first shot of the vaccine, Abdel-Ghaffar told a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

He added that 97 million doses of different kinds of coronavirus vaccines have been used, and that Egypt's remaining stock is enough to complete the vaccination process.

As for the pandemic situation, the minister told the cabinet there has been a noticeable decline in the coronavirus infection rate and in fatalities.

On Monday, the World Health Organisation’s Eastern Mediterranean Region Office (EMRO) said that Egypt has recorded a daily average of 66 coronavirus infections and 5 deaths.

EMRO added that Egypt has recorded 515,264 coronavirus cases and 24,791 deaths since the initial outbreak in February 2020.

Monday's meeting, the Egyptian health ministry spokesman noted, also tackled means of cooperation in the field of medical supplies, tools and assistance as well as automating all medical facilities in Egypt in a way that contributes to the creation of a unified health record for every citizen.

Through the automaton, health services could be accessed through any health centre or nearby hospital, he added.

"The unified health record will contribute to attaining a qualitative leap in the quality of health services… as well as rationalising expenditures and improving the mechanisms healthcare management," Abdel-Ghaffar said.

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