Egypt

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MANDATE

In Egypt, Handicap International aims to make comprehensive, high quality community-based rehabilitation available to people with disabilities by providing support and training to national authorities and local service providers. Handicap International employs eight national staff and one expatriate to carry out its projects in Egypt. 

BACKGROUND

Members of the Movement for the Rights of People with Disabilities, along with other stakeholders in Egyptian society, have all expressed their desire for change. They have successfully campaigned for the establishment of the National Council on Disability Affairs, an institution that now needs support in order to cement its legitimacy. 

ACTIONS

Support for Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs)

Handicap International is collaborating with disabled people’s organizations in Egypt to enhance their capacity to defend their rights and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Particular attention is paid to the representation of women with disabilities. This project also works to raise the awareness of civil society organizations and the public authorities about the rights of people with disabilities and about incorporating the issue of disabilities into their policies. 

Mother and Child Health

Handicap International is running a project to ensure access to better quality healthcare for newborns and children aged zero to six in an effort to  reduce the risk of them developing permanent disabilities. The organization also works to ensure that children diagnosed with disabilities benefit from swift and effective interventions. This project, which is being developed in the Asyut Governorate (Nile Valley), involves both health workers and the children’s parents. 

THESE PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING FUNDING BODIES: