UNDP, The Big Heart Foundation and the Egyptian Network for Integrated Development inaugurate health center in Luxor and visit project activities in Qena

Jan 9, 2018

UNDP County Director Randa Aboul-Hosn, Director of the Big Heart Foundation Her Excellency Mariam Al Hammadi and Director of ENID/Al Nidaa Project Dr. Heba Handoussa visited the renovated center. UNDP Egypt/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

A delegation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Big Heart Foundation and the Egyptian Network for Integrated Development (ENID/Al Nidaa Project) inaugurated a health center in Luxor governorate of Upper Egypt. The center has been renovated and upgraded, under the umbrella of ENID/Al Nidaa Project, a partnership between The Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and UNDP, supported by the Big Heart Foundation.

UNDP County Director Randa Aboul-Hosn, Director of the Big Heart Foundation Her Excellency Mariam Al Hammadi and Director of ENID/Al Nidaa Project Dr. Heba Handoussa visited the renovated center, spoke to the doctors and people who will benefit from the center. 

The center serves around 20,000 women and men living in the neighborhood. It is now ready to provide its services, with trained doctors and nurses as well as efficient medical equipment in place. 

“Today we see a remarkable change on the ground. The health centers will provide better health services to thousands of people living in this remote area. With our successful partnership with the Big Heart Foundation, we will continue to provide all the support to the people to get quality basic services.” Said UNDP Country Director Randa Aboul-Hosn. 

On the side of the visit, the delegation visited vocational training classes for women where rural women receive training on sewing, and crafts. Moreover, through the classes, the project raise their awareness on key issues that affect their lives such as healthcare and employment. 

ENID is a comprehensive area-based integrated development initiative addressing the challenges faced by women and youth in development, with a specific focus on poverty reduction and employment generation at local levels. It works mainly in Egypt’s second poorest governorate of Qena where the poverty rate reaches 58%. During the first phase (2012 – 2016), ENID has introduced a new approach and methods in manufacturing, agriculture and community services: ENID applied an innovative and integrated area-based approach to rural development in Upper Egypt that combined interventions in skills development, jobs creation, sustainable agriculture, community services and policy advocacy in a single programmatic approach.

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Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

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