Egypt’s population growth rate drops to 1.4 percent in four years: Gov’t spox

Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Jun 2024

Egypt's population growth rate dropped from 1.9 percent in 2019 to 1.4 percent in 2023, according to cabinet spokesperson Mohamed El-Homsani on Sunday.

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File Photo: A view of vehicles and pedestrians at a street market in Attaba Square in the centre of Egypt s capital Cairo. Ahram Online

 

El-Homsani highlighted the impact of official initiatives, notably the National Project for Development of the Egyptian Family “NPDEF”. 

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met on Sunday with some ministers and officials to follow up on implementing the NDPEF in Cairo and assess its outcome.

According to El-Homsani, the meeting also revealed that the crude birth rate decreased from 24.6 births per thousand population in 2018 to 19.4 births by the end of 2023.

Additionally, the number of births in the first quarter of the current year decreased to 491.8 thousand births by the end of March, compared to 509.5 thousand births during the same period in 2023, a 3.5 percent decrease.

Another important indicator is the decrease in the crude death rate in 2023, compared to the usual rate in 2018 and 2019 because of improved healthcare provided to citizens through presidential initiatives.

The official spokesperson further explained that several other important indicators and figures were discussed in the meeting.

These included providing family planning and reproductive health services in remote, informal, and deprived areas, which benefited  4.4 million people, and through government service outlets to the benefit of 23 million people.

In addition, the meeting revealed that 102 family planning clinics were established in collaboration with the civil society, with equipment purchased for 13 clinics.

Moreover, El-Homsani stated that almost 520 thousand women have visited family planning clinics and 400 thousand use contraceptive methods. 

He added that almost 79 thousand women benefited from food baskets monthly.

The NPDEF was launched in February 2022 to curb population growth by various means.

The government has stressed the necessity of curbing population growth, which undermines all efforts to achieve economic growth and development.

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