FILE- Social Solidarity Ministry, Ghada Wali - Press Photo
CAIRO – 9 September 2018: Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly launched on Sunday a preliminary media campaign for the family planning campaign “Two are Enough” at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The campaign was attended by newly-appointed Governor of Alexandria Abdel Aziz Qanswa and Head of the General Union of NGOs Talaat Abdel-Qawi.
The Ministry of Social Solidarity launched on June 20 a family planning campaign with the slogan “Two are Enough”, aiming to contain the phenomenon of overpopulation.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said population growth is “a challenge as critical as that of terrorism.” The campaign targets to reduce the birth rate to 2.4, targeting rural areas where many view large families as a source of economic strength and resist birth control believing that it is un-Islamic.
The minister of social solidarity pointed out that the project will be implemented through 100 NGOs selected by a technical committee that included experts in various fields.
These organizations were selected from 250 NGOs that requested to participate in the implementation of the project. They were evaluated to assure their technical, financial and administrative performance.
Fayez Barakat, a member of the Egyptian Parliament’s education committee, told Egypt Today that this campaign will positively affect the education operation. It will help in containing population growth in accordance with the economic growth and thus the country will be able to provide a better level of education and provide employment opportunities for graduates.
The Egyptian population hit 104.27 million both domestically and abroad, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics’ (CAPMAS) latest census in 2017. Those living inside the country amount to 94.8 million, while expats are estimated at 9 million, according to statistics from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Health and Population, headed by Ahmed Emadel-Din Rady, launched a new program on May 10 for family planning in Egypt in cooperation with the USAID to respond to Egypt’s rapid population growth.
The program aims to improve citizens’ health behavior and support the quality of family planning services and reproductive health, Soaad Abdel Megid, head of the Population and Family Planning Sector, said.
She added that an electronic program will be established to register the beneficiaries of the program, implement a distance learning model, design a family planning program as well asa reproductive health curriculum in medical and nursing schools, and involve the private and public sectors in providing the service.
USAID will provide technical assistance and training to the Ministry of Health and Population to strengthen its Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program.
Activities will help increase demand for family planning services and enhance the quality of services, aiming to improve contraceptive use and reduce fertility over time. The five-year, $19 million program will be implemented in nine governorates in Upper Egypt and areas of Cairo and Alexandria, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo stated on Saturday.