Egypt: Our Impact

A nurse, trained through the Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) Project in Egypt. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

It is 2:00 a.m., and Arabey El Sayed has been transported from a village 5km away to the emergency department of Qena General Hospital with severe chest pain. He is a 75 year old farmer, and is married with five grown children. Dr. Ahmad, the physician on duty, is assisted by Abeer and Shimaa, two nurses trained through the Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) Project. They work together quickly to provide the patient with the necessary emergency care. A nurse administers the ECG, and the patient is diagnosed with myocardial infarction and moved to the Cardiac Care Unit.

Managers Who Lead cover, Arabic versionManagement Sciences for Health is proud to present the Arabic version of Managers Who Lead, a resource guide designed specifically for health professionals in developing countries in need of skills and strategies for strengthening health systems.

Sohier, head nurse at Armant Fever Hospital, and colleagues teach students appropriate hand washing. {Luxor, Egypt. Photo credit: MSH.}Luxor, Egypt. Photo credit: MSH.

Sohier graduated as a nurse in 1979. She started her nursing career in a small hospital working in the primary health care unit. In 2007, she began working as head nurse at Armant Fever Hospital in Luxor, Egypt, where she leads a team of forty nurses.MSH has been working with Armant Fever Hospital as part of the Improving Performance of Hospital Nurses (IPN) in Upper Egypt program.

Nurse speaking sign language with patient in Aswan, EgyptIn many developing countries where resources are scarce, patients must struggle to get their health care needs met, whether seeing a doctor, obtaining medicines, or arranging for lab tests.

A nurse participating in the IPHN program speaks with US Ambassadors Melanie Verveer and Margaret Scobey. Photo Credit: MSH Staff.On April 21, 2010, the US Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer and US Ambassador Margaret Scobey visited MSH’s Improving the Performance of Hospital Nurses (IPHN) program, in Aswan Governate in Upper Egypt.

Participants in Leadership Development Program in Aswan, Egypt.

Halida Akhter after being awarded a 2006 United Nations Population Award. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

On January 11, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave a speech marking the 15th anniversary of the United Nation’s International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo, Egypt (Cairo ICPD). During the course of the conference, 179 countries came to an agreement that population and development issues are inextricably linked and that for countries to evolve, promoting reproductive health, as well as supporting education and health, is essential.