Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity launched on Saturday a national project for birth control to limit overpopulation, dubbed “two is enough”, as part of the Takaful and Karama programme, according to a statement from the cabinet. The project will cost EGP 100m.
During his speech before the attendees at the fifth National Youth Conference, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said that population growth is one of the most significant challenges that Egypt is facing. He called for the use of birth control and said one or two children is enough for each family.
The programme covers 1.15 million women who benefit from Takaful and Karama. It will be funded by the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). According to the statement, the first phase of the project will be implemented in 10 governorates: Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag, Assiut, Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum, Giza, and Beheira. These governorates are the neediest and have the highest birth rates and the biggest number of women who benefit from Takaful.
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly said that the project will be implemented through 100 civil society organisations as part of the national strategy to limit population growth, aiming at raising awareness of small families among women. The project aims to reach 112 million people in Egypt by 2030.