Egypt Takamol Project

Dates: 2006-2011

Country: Egypt

Client(s): USAID

Services: Technical Assistance, Training

Technical Expertise: Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal Health

The Integrated Reproductive Health Services Project, Takamol, built on a thirty year partnership between USAID and Egypt, assisting the government to improve health outcomes for newborns, mothers and families.

The Takamol approach strengthened community mobilization and involvement in local Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) health units and hospitals as driving forces for change, in addition to strengthening the capacity of health facility managers and ministry officials to sustain improvements in the quality of care.

Improving the quality of care in 200 primary health care units and 25 district and general hospitals in 12 different Upper and Lower Egypt governorates began with the renovation and equipping of the units, and was complemented by the training of health care service providers and community outreach workers. The inclusion of community residents on reactivated clinic and hospital management boards put decisionmaking in the hands of the community.

With the active participation of community development associations, religious leaders, youth, women, schools and universities, agricultural and irrigation extension workers, literacy facilitators, the local media, and the local private sector, the Takamol Project established a foundation for sustainable change.

The Takamol Project was implemented by Pathfinder International through the funding support of USAID. Collaborating partners included: JSI; Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Meridian Group International, Inc; and American Manufacturers Export Group.