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Egypt

MSF psychologist with a patient in a clinic for treatment of victims of violence in Maadi, Egypt.

No. staff in 2019: 156 | Expenditure in 2019: €3.1 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 2010 | msf.org/egypt

Key medical figures:

  • 16,400 outpatient consultations
  • 8,600 individual mental health consultations

In Egypt, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs services tailored to the needs of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria.

By the end of December 2019, more than 250,000 refugees and asylum seekers were officially registered in Egypt, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. More than half of them were from Syria; the others came from countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen.

Our Cairo programme, launched in 2012, has a multi-disciplinary approach adapted to the specific needs of migrants and refugees, consisting of medical and mental healthcare, sexual and reproductive health services, physiotherapy and social support. During the year, we conducted a total of  16,300 outpatient consultations, including 8,250 individual  mental health consultations and 2,260 for physiotherapy. We also provided nearly 2,050 social support sessions.  

In 2019, our teams enrolled 737 new survivors of ill-treatment/physical abuse in the programme. We strengthened our therapeutic mental health group approach, conducting more than 110 sessions with a total of 1,140 participants. We provided a comprehensive package of care for 1,330 victims of sexual violence, 740 of whom received care within 72 hours of the incident.  We also increased our engagement with civil society, government, key medical providers and academic institutions regarding the issue of violence against women. As part of this effort, we organised a conference at the end of the year to discuss the medical and mental health consequences of sexual and gender-based violence and find ways to improve access to care for victims.

MSF established a Medical and Psychological Support Unit (MPSU) to enable clinics run by partner organisations to offer comprehensive services to victims of sexual violence. The MPSU will support these organisations to integrate, maintain and sustain the services independently. It is currently partnered with three organisations in seven clinics in Alexandria and Greater Cairo.

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