Experts discuss promoting women’s health care in Egypt

Ingy Deif, Wednesday 30 Mar 2022

Topics on how to advance women's healthcare in Egypt discussed and a digital platform launched to record their health needs and requirements

conference discussing women s health in Egypt 2022

To conclude International Women’s Month, the African Centre for Women’s Health held a panel discussion under the title ‘We Believe in her’, highlighting the various mechanisms for promoting women’s health in Egypt.

The forum was held in cooperation with Organon’s global healthcare company, which specialises in the advancement of women’s health.

The session discussed identifying women’s health needs by various stakeholders and revealing the challenges that impede women’s access to necessary health care.

It also discussed various aspects of cooperation and affirmed its full commitment to promoting initiatives that promote women’s health in Egypt.

In his opening speech, Tarek Heikal — the director of the African Centre for Women’s Welfare — said that “the pace of cooperation between various parties to advance women’s health in Egypt is witnessing a remarkable increase, and discussions on advancing women’s health are in line with the Egyptian government’s vision.”

Later on, Hala Yousef — the regional sexual and reproductive health adviser for the UNFPA’s Arab States’ Office — spoke about the best practices across the region, including family planning in Egypt. She was followed by health technology assessment manager Gihan El-Sisi, who spoke about the connection between women’s economic empowerment and health

Ayman Abu El-Nour, the head of the Department of Gynaecology at Ain Shams University; and Hassan Sallam, a professor of Gynaecology then shed light on women’s medical conditions, the importance of family planning, in addition to the need to launch public awareness to support women and prioritise their health needs.

A highlight of the forum was the launch of Organon’s digital platform; www.herhealthmenat.com.

The platform is in English and Arabic and aims to record women’s requirements regarding their mental and physical health, allowing them to share their voice.

The results will enable the development of a specific report on what women’s health needs are in Egypt in cooperation with strategic partners, such as doctors and governmental and non-governmental organisations to develop appropriate solutions.

The event also witnessed a collaboration to create a femtech accelerator programme to help women-founded digital healthcare start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa that cater to the unmet healthcare needs of women in the region.

Finally, the participants stressed the importance of focusing on women’s health in all sectors and backing the government’s continuous efforts to develop comprehensive healthcare systems for women in all governorates by launching initiatives with the Ministry of Health and Population, non-government organisations, and key partners from various fields.

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