A new initiative aims to ensure the well-being of mothers and unborn children
The Ministry of Health and Population unveiled the initiative Mother and Fetus Health earlier this week, aimed at protecting unborn children from chronic diseases. The plan is a transformative endeavor designed to ensure the well-being of both mothers and unborn children, heralding a new era of comprehensive maternal and fetal healthcare in Egypt, according to Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar. It seeks to diagnose diseases passed from mothers at an early stage to provide free treatment and medical care.
The initiative, according to Abdel-Ghaffar, is part of the broader presidential “100 Million Healthy Lives” and is implemented in co-operation with Wadi El-Nil Hospital.
Mothers-to-be who want to benefit from the initiative visit the nearest health unit, record their data, document personal information and test results on a dedicated card.
Abdel-Ghaffar noted that the initiative provides the required micronutrients throughout the first 42 days following delivery, along with a follow-up of mothers and their babies to identify any potential risks.
Hazem Khamis, general manager of Wadi El-Nile Hospital and head of the Fetal Health Initiative, said the plan seeks to establish a comprehensive and health-conscious environment for both fetuses and mothers throughout the entire pregnancy, adding that by doing so, it strives to ensure the birth of a new generation that is not only free from diseases but also equipped for a healthy start in life.
Khamis emphasised that while Mother and Fetus Health offers specialised medical examinations for pregnant women, aiming to detect any potential diseases that could impact the fetus at an early stage, it also provides awareness programmes for pregnant women, those planning to get married, and newly married women.
Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said he expected substantial collaboration between the initiative and the ministry, particularly in health units located within the scope of the Decent Life initiative during the upcoming period.
President of the National Council for Women (NCW) Maya Morsi underlined the Ministry of Health and Population’s significant efforts in women’s health services, underscoring that 27 million women between 14-45 are in dire need of comprehensive care, particularly in reproductive health.
Assistant Minister of Health for Health Initiatives Mohamed Hassan said Mother and Fetus Health aligns with the president’s broader initiative for maternal and fetal health. Hassan said it does not only provide advanced healthcare services and medical examinations for pregnant women but also undertakes training and medical education for doctors, ensuring they are well-versed in the latest treatment protocols. “Over 4,000 medical teams across the country, working in medical centres and units, will participate in the initiative,” Hassan said.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 23 November, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly