Can We Count on the Private Sector in Addressing Family Planning Needs of Young People in Egypt?

Doaa Oraby , Population Council
Nesrine Salama, Population Council
Mohamed Essam, Population Council
Maryam Essam, Population Council

The recent increase in Egypt’s fertility rate, highlights the need for expanding the role of the private sector in the provision of FP services. A pilot model is currently being implemented targeting factory workers and private facilities in Port Said. Factory workers are targeted through peer education, SBCC materials and social media platform. The model also targeted physicians, pharmacists and nurses including those in factory clinics through training on quality FP/RH services pertinent to young people. To date 180 factory workers were trained as peer educators and they reached 8000 factory workers. Around 60 nurses, 190 pharmacists and 40 physicians were trained and 160 workers were referred to services. Main highlights of the model were linking demand creation with referral to quality services targeting entities and groups often left behind as factories, pharmacists, factory workers and nurses. Challenges faced include stock out of some FP methods and restricting some methods to public sector.

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 Presented in Session 1. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior, & Reproductive Health 1