Health Minister Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady signed a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) with the UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, during his visit to Cairo.
The agreement outlines potential ways to make medical care a priority for asylum seekers in Egypt and those who are registered at the UN agency, with $1.1 m allocated for this.
The services include emergencies, first aid, post-natal care for new babies, and maternal care.
The UNCHR will contribute with 70 baby incubators and 20 respiratory machines to be distribute in Giza, in addition to 15 intensive care unit beds in Cairo, especially in Mounira hospital which will receive the biggest share of beds, the ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday.
Grandi said that the cooperation between the UNCHR and Egypt’s Health Ministry started in 2012 amid the Libya and Syrian conflicts.
During his visit, which will extend to Saturday, Grandi will discuss the refugee situation in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa and meet with high-level Egyptian officials, the secretary general of the League of Arab States, and UNHCR partners. He will also have the opportunity to meet with refugees to learn more about their situation in Egypt.