UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Egypt, has successfully concluded the donation of USD 1.4 million worth of medical equipment to 19 public hospitals in Egypt.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Egypt, has successfully concluded the donation of USD 1.4 million worth of medical equipment to 19 public hospitals in Egypt under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).
The equipment, including intensive care and burn units necessities, such as beds, monitors and ventilators, as well as surgical supplies were delivered to 19 hospitals in refugee dense areas in Greater Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, Kafr El Sheikh, Behira, Monofeya, Dakahleya and Sharkeya. The support aims at enhancing the capacity of these health institutions to provide adequate secondary and emergency medical care, specifically for victims of burns and patients in needs of intensive care.
The donation is part of UNHCR’s efforts to support the Government of Egypt in addressing the health needs of refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as members of the host community. At the moment, all refugees in Egypt have access to primary and secondary public health services at a similar cost to Egyptian citizens following the signature of a memorandum of understanding between MoHP and UNHCR in 2016, granting all refugees and asylum-seekers of all nationalities access to public health care.
Throughout the past five years, UNHCR Egypt has supported the MoHP with equipment worth USD 4.5 million, as well as capacity building programmes for more than 250 healthcare professionals.
UNHCR’s support to the MoHP was made possible through the generous funding of UNHCR Egypt’s donors: Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, in addition to private donors from Australia, Korea, Germany, Spain, Japan, Italy and Sweden.
As of 31 August 2018, Egypt hosts more than 235,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers of 58 different nationalities mainly concentrated in Greater Cairo, Alexandria and the North Coast.