Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Kabbaj revealed, on Saturday, that the “Two is Enough” project, which aims to decrease the country’s population growth rate, has referred 853,643 women to family planning clinics.
Despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the project continues to effectively provide its services to families benefiting from the “Takaful and Karama” programme.
The minister said that the number of door-to-door visits, which aim to encourage women to make use of family planning methods, reached 5.8 million. She also noted that the family planning campaign has reached 115% of its target.
El-Kabbaj indicated that, by the end of March 2021, a total of 124,028 women attended family planning clinics, with an additional 702,971 phone calls made. The latter efforts were undertaken to raise awareness on family planning and ways to prevent the coronavirus.
Desire Labib, Director of the “Two is Enough” project, said that the Ministry of Social Solidarity has played a huge role in supporting NGOs, and stimulating volunteer efforts to confront the problem of population density.
She explained that the two most important steps to solve the problem of population growth are spreading awareness and providing family planning services.
Labib said that the Ministry of Social Solidarity has developed and equipped 65 family planning clinics. She added that the ministry has signed contracts with 108 civil society organisations in the 10 targeted governorates, which are the poorest in Egypt and have the highest population growth rates.
She noted that these governorates include: Giza; Fayoum; Beni Suef; Minya; Qena; Sohag; Assiut; Luxor; Aswan; and Beheira.
The “Two is Enough” initiative is one of the main projects supported by the Ministry of Social Solidarity aimed at achieving comprehensive social development, and addressing Egypt’s population growth rates.