Service: Technical Assistance
Technical Expertise: Social and Behavior Change, Family Planning & Reproductive Health
Since the last census, Egypt’s population has risen from 72 million in 2006 to 84 million in 2013, and is projected at 92 million (a 28% increase) by the end of 2017. This growth is primarily influenced by changes in birth rate, from an average of 3.0 births per woman in 2008 to 3.5 in 2013. If this trend continues, Egypt’s population is expected to reach 119 million by 2030. The Government of Egypt (GOE) is acutely aware of the economic and social impact resulting from a rapidly increasing population.
Strengthening Egypt’s Family Planning Program (SEFPP), a five-year, USAID-funded activity, works with the GOE to strengthen its family planning system and integrate family planning into the GOE’s maternal health and other health programs. SEFPP builds upon the significant achievements the GOE, donors, and the private sector have had in the family planning sector, in addition to JSI’s previous successful work in Egypt. The project aims to create sustainable solutions that will help address Egypt’s growing population by increasing the use of family planning methods and promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. Project implementation is focused on the nine governorates of Upper Egypt and the slums of Cairo and Alexandria.
SEFPP is implemented in partnership with the Population Council, the Center for Development Services, and the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. The partnership team works together and with the GOE for results that contribute to reducing Egypt’s fertility over time, helping achieve contraceptive security, and facilitating the institutionalization of a sustainable and well-managed FP/RH program with quality services provision.