Approval of the Sixth Amendment to the Grant Assistance Agreement on Improving Health Outcomes for Targeted Groups by the House of Representatives – Update from Mahmoud Hussein

2024-03-19 14:00:00

Written by Mahmoud Hussein

The House of Representatives, headed by Counselor Dr. Hanafi Jabali, approved, during the plenary session today, Tuesday, the Resolution of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt No. 51 of 2024 regarding the approval of the sixth amendment to the “Grant Assistance Agreement on Improving Health Outcomes for Targeted Groups” between the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development. This is in light of the joint committee report from the Health Affairs Committee and the offices of the Economic Affairs and Foreign Relations Committees.

The committee’s report indicated that family planning and reproductive health programs receive the attention of the state in implementation of Article (41) of the Constitution, which stipulates that the state is obligated to implement a population program aimed at achieving a balance between population growth rates and available resources, teaching investment in human energy, and improving its characteristics. Within the framework of achieving sustainable development, and based on the Egyptian government’s keenness to advance the family system, reproductive health and the National Population Strategy 2015/2020, it approved the grant assistance agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development, regarding improving health outcomes for the target group signed in Cairo, which It was approved by the Council at its session held on 7/3/2018, which aims to support Egypt’s current family planning and reproductive health program, to make it more effective and sustainable, by improving the quality of advanced family planning and reproductive health services, as well as the activity of supporting the family planning program in Egypt, to make it Also more efficient and sustainable is the demographic and health activity in Egypt 2018, which will collect, analyze and publish high-quality data on health and population, representing the current conditions compared to global conditions.

The sixth amendment aims to support Egypt’s family planning program (the first and second phases), in addition to supporting the state’s efforts to confront the emergency response to the Coronavirus (the fourth phase), and to support family planning (the fifth phase), including the establishment of an electronic program for registering beneficiaries (HMIS) and a number management chain. and supply (LAMIS), in addition to improving the quality of service and raising the capabilities of service providers, providing family planning services after childbirth and abortion, activating the sharing of tasks for nurses in the field of family planning and improving their capabilities, maximizing the role of the private sector in providing family planning services, and continuing the availability of family planning using Departments of the strategic path for reproductive health security include equipping and developing training centers, disseminating health messages and raising the capabilities of human cadres, preparing a behavior change approach based on the practices and obstacles facing service providers, identifying needs and interventions in slum areas, and identifying mobile clinics.

The committee’s report indicated that, in continuation of the efforts made to improve the health system, the Sixth Amendment to the Grant Assistance Agreement on Improving Health Outcomes for Targeted Groups was signed between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development, which aims to add an amount of (15) million US dollars to the grant amount. Assistance to bring the total amount of the American side’s contribution to the project (77,189) million dollars, with the aim of focusing on activities in the field of health and population to strengthen the current family planning and reproductive health program to make it more effective and sustainable through the quality of supported family planning and reproductive health services, and improving selected healthy habits, And increasing the rates of planning, decision-making and policy formulation.

Representative Ashraf Hatem, Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, said: “I agree to the grant in light of the Sixth Amendment, adding $15 million,” calling on the government to inform the House of what was done during the last period using the total grant amount of $77 million, especially since the grant this time is related to development. The Egyptian family and facing population increase.

A number of representatives stressed the importance of the agreement as a grant that helps support the family planning program, enhance reproductive health, and support the state’s efforts to confront population increase.

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