Health communication in Egypt

04-02-2018 10:23 PM

Georgette Sadeq

The closing ceremony of the “Partners of Supporting Health Communication in Egypt” project has been held by Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population, represented by the Central Administration for Health and Population Communication (CAHPC), in cooperation with the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), with the support of the US Agency for International Development.

According to Safaa Murad, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health’s External Relations, 600 healthcare providers have been trained pioneer the field of health and population communication nationwide. A guidebook has been printed to include 57 various health topics, with

Comprising 14 articles of health education in two-year technical institutes, curricula have been developed for the pre-phase of health education service. A textbook for health educators has been printed in 6000 copies, and a website was designed to act as an accessible expert in health and population culture. The website: ( www.cp.jhu.educ ) includes 2,000 volumes of specialised material in health communication and population health education. Systematic follow-up is designed to link the departments and health directorates with the central management of health and population communication.

According to Khaled Megahed, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population, 55 activities have been carried out within the framework of the project. These included conferences, workshops, study and assessment of institutional skills, plans to follow-up and evaluate health and population communication activities, and development of health and population information and messages for the public.

“Through this project in Egypt,” Mr Megahed said, “a number of campaigns have been implemented to combat Hepatitis C in partnership with Ain Shams and Minya Universities, as well as other campaigns on Facebook and websites.”

The project had taken off in Egypt three years ago, and has been implemented in 34 countries all over the world.

Watani International

4 February 2018

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