GENEVA, Switzerland, October 27, 2021 / APO Group / –
UNHCR delivered 200 laptops to the Ministry of Health to support its health digitization efforts exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The laptops will support the rollout of the national COVID-19 vaccination plan.
UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, donated 200 laptops to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to support the ministry in its efforts to digitize COVID-19 immunization and other relevant health programs.
UNHCR recognizes that improving and expanding the national COVID-19 immunization program requires information and communication technologies to properly monitor national vaccine stocks and the progress of immunization deployment. It will also strengthen the vaccine supply chain management system, a critical factor for the success of Egypt‘s national COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan.
Commenting on the donation, Mr. Pablo Mateu, UNHCR Representative in Egypt, said that “despite the global ICT shortage, UNHCR, in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), has managed to procure the computers. laptops for the ministry. MoHP is a strategic partner of UNHCR in Egypt and since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry has generously offered refugees and asylum seekers COVID-19 treatment on an equal footing with Egyptians and included them in the national immunization plan which the UNHCR and the refugee population is very grateful for. Supporting the improvement of the immunization rollout plan is the least we can contribute to the government’s efforts. “
The donation is part of UNHCR’s support to the national COVID-19 response plan, complementing UNHCR’s previous donation of personal protective equipment, including surgical gloves, masks, gowns and respirators to help protect officers health workers working in MoHP health facilities.
Over the past five years, UNHCR has supported the Ministry of Health with medical equipment worth more than $ 4.5 million, including devices for early detection of breast tumors, dialysis equipment, medical beds, intensive care units and breathing apparatus, while equipping several health establishments in various governorates. to support both the Egyptians and the refugees.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR has intensified its efforts to provide protection services and humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers registered in Egypt, thanks to the generous support of donors, including States. United States, European Union, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands, among others.
In September 2021, Egypt hosted more than 266,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered with UNHCR of 65 nationalities. Most of the refugees in Egypt are among the most vulnerable groups in the country, as 7 out of 10 refugees are unable to meet their basic needs. With the generous support of MoHP, many refugees in need of medical support can access primary health care at nominal cost.
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