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WHO and Japan sign an agreement worth US$8 million to support patients from Gaza in Egypt

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The World Health Organization and Japan signed a grant agreement worth US$8 million to provide essential support to critically ill patients evacuated from Gaza to Egypt to receive medical treatment.

According to a statement issued by the World Health Organization office in Egypt, the agreement was signed between Ambassador Oka Hiroshi, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, and Dr. Nima Abdel, Representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, and the signing was witnessed by His Excellency Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, and Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar. Assistant Minister of Health for Institutional Development, and Dr. Hanan Hassan Balkhi, Director of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Under this agreement, the World Health Organization will work with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population to enhance the health system’s readiness to accommodate evacuated patients to receive treatment. This includes ensuring referral hospitals are adequately equipped with necessary medicines, medical supplies and equipment, and building the capacity of health workers to provide emergency life-saving care.

Dr. Hanan Hassan Balkhi said: “The World Health Organization expresses its deep gratitude for the support provided by Egypt to accommodate critically ill patients from Gaza to receive treatment. Thanks to this generous funding provided by the Government of Japan, a long-time donor to the World Health Organization, we are now more Ability to support Egypt in ensuring the provision of continuous and quality health care to critically ill and injured patients from Gaza.

The project will focus on sites identified by the government as referral pathways and reception facilities for evacuated patients. The first level of referral includes health care facilities in North Sinai Governorate, while the second level includes health care facilities in Port Said, Ismailia, and Suez governorates, and the third level includes health care facilities in Greater Cairo, Sharqia, and Damietta governorates.

Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said, “The signed agreement enables the support provided by the Japanese government to reach the Ministry of Health and Population, by providing medical supplies, various surgical tools, artificial joints, increasing the number of beds, and x-ray machines, in addition to training programs to exchange experiences between medical teams.” “With the aim of participating with the Egyptian state in its efforts to support our sick and injured siblings in the Gaza Strip.”

Egypt has been receiving patients suffering from severe cases and injured people from the Gaza Strip since November of last year, to receive treatment inside Egypt or to refer them to other countries, and provides them with free medical treatments.

Mr. Oka Hiroshi said, “I am pleased that Japan can contribute to the efforts of the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization on the front lines of humanitarian aid to provide necessary medical treatment to Palestinians evacuated from Gaza. I strongly hope that this medical support, provided in partnership with Egypt, will help And the World Health Organization, in the recovery of Palestinian patients and premature babies who are receiving treatment in hospitals in Egypt.”

Japan is an important partner for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, providing contributions amounting to approximately US$160 million since 2016. This funding has mainly supported emergency and disease outbreak response efforts in more than 11 countries across the Region.

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat expressed her appreciation to the various parties, stressing that this partnership is a continuation of the Egyptian role in providing all forms of support to the brothers in the Gaza Strip under the directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, noting that these partnerships reflect the excellence of the development cooperation relations between Egypt and its international partners that respond to the challenges. developments and developments at the regional and international levels, in light of the country’s strategies and constructive partnerships extending over decades with the Japanese side. This year, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the start of the bilateral partnership. This partnership also comes under the umbrella of implementing the strategic framework with the United Nations and the agencies affiliated with the period from 2023-2027.

Dr. Nima Abdel said, “Within the framework of cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization will meet the urgent medical needs of the injured and severely ill patients by supporting surgical care and medical treatment for communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as supporting trauma treatment and other vital medical interventions.”

The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 8,000 people still inside Gaza who need medical evacuation outside the Strip, including 6,000 people suffering from war injuries, and 2,000 people suffering from other medical conditions.

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