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Egypt

Sima Diab

In 2018, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to provide integrated healthcare tailored to the needs of migrants and refugees in the Egyptian capital.

Key medical figures:

  • 11,800 individual mental health consultations
  • 2,190 outpatient consultations

Egypt is a key transit and destination country for migrants and refugees coming from countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Yemen. According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, there were 244,910 refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt at the end of 2018, mostly living in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities.  Many of these men, women and children arrived in Egypt after fleeing war and have experienced violence in their countries of origin or on their journey. 

Since 2012, we have been running a project offering integrated healthcare to migrants and refugees living in Cairo. Our clinic provides patients with treatment adapted to their specific needs, including medical and mental healthcare, sexual and reproductive healthcare, physiotherapy and social support.

In 2018, we registered 2,092 new patients and conducted some 22,000 consultations, including 11,800 individual mental health consultations and 20 group sessions, almost 2,200 medical consultations, 3,800 physiotherapy sessions, and 4,200 social support sessions led by social workers.