Egyptian Red Crescent: Providing primary health care services to migrants and Egyptians in Greater Cairo

Progetto concluso

Access to public primary health care for migrants and Egyptians is a serious challenge. By the means of two “Mobile Clinics”, the project will answer to immediate medical needs of migrants and Egyptians in Greater Cairo. Advocacy on protection and health issues among decision makers will contribute to filling the gaps in service delivery. Thanks to its experience and ongoing engagement in health and protection in Egypt, Switzerland is well placed to provide early recovery and self-resilience interventions.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Migrazione in generale (aspetti relativi allo sviluppo e partenariati)
01.12.2018 - 31.12.2023
CHF  1’330’000
  • 233’045 refugees and asylum-seekers of 58 different nationalities are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a number estimated to represent a fraction of reality (August 2018). Egypt also hosts a large number of irregular or not yet registered migrants (estimations go up to 5 million).
  • In this mixed migration context, gaps in primary health care services are poorly addressed at the national and local levels.
  • This at a time when the country also faces economic hardship.
  • The government’s health expenditure is low, resulting in around 60% of total health spending taking the form of out-of-pocket expenditure.
  • This low investment in health services led to serious compromises in quality, safety, and prevention, as well as in concerns around equity of access to services for both Egyptians and migrants.
  • The support provided by UNHCR and other NGOs is hardly sufficient in addressing the multitude of problems and obstacles that refugees and migrants face in achieving their sustenance and basic rights.
Obiettivi To increase access to primary health services for migrants, refugees and vulnerable Egyptians in Greater Cairo.
Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1:

Access to primary health care services for migrants and vulnerable Egyptians is improved, with a special focus on women and children well-being. 

Outcome 2:

Knowledge on disease prevention, existing health care services and psychosocial wellbeing is strengthened, through awareness raising and psychosocial activities 

Outcome 3:

Policy makers and duty bearers are aware of ways to address gaps in primary health care services for migrants, refugees and vulnerable Egyptians.


Risultati principali attesi:  

Output 1.1

38’400 migrants and Egyptians improved their health and psychosocial well-being through the setup of two “Mobile Clinics”. 

Output 1.2

Setting up a laboratory, internal medicine, genecology and paediatric units within each “Mobile Clinics” 

Output 2.1

70’000 migrants and Egyptians increased their health knowledge on disease prevention, available health services and psycho-social wellbeing in Cairo, Giza and Qalioubya through awareness raising activities. 

Output 3.1

Policy makers in health and migration participated in discussion on ways to address gaps in primary health care services through 4 roundtable discussions and an advocacy brief.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Aiuto umanitario
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

IOM – International Organization Migration

MoHP – Ministry of Health and Population

MoSS - Ministry of Social Solidarity

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    1’330’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’296’060 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   803’213
Fasi del progetto

Fase 1 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)