Publish Date: October 2019
USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), or the Improving Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (IMCHN) project, as it is known in Egypt, has worked in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) since April 2015 to strengthen the national community health worker (CHW) program.
The MOHP established Egypt’s CHW—also known as the Raedat Refiat program—in 1994. CHWs are intended to implement the preventive and referral arm of the national integrated family health strategy at the community level, with particular focuses on maternal and child health and on birth spacing. Since 2015, the IMCHN project has supported the MOHP to assess the CHW program’s strengths and weaknesses, and to design a national strategy that builds upon the CHWs’ potential and effectively enhances their role in strengthening preventive health and primary care services.