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Egypt

Youth Partner

Name: Amr Ali Awad
Age: 25
Nationality: Egyptian
Affiliated Organization:

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations ( IFMSA)

Amr Ali Awad is currently studying at the Mansoura Medical School in Egypt. He is also a member of the IFMSA. Amr has been actively involved in different scopes of reproductive health work, including HIV prevention interventions.

Amr is a Local Officer of Reproductive Health and AIDS at the Standing Committee of Reproductive Health Including AIDS (SCORA). Amr works as regional coordinator and e-news coordinator at SCORA. In addition to HIV/AIDS work, Amr’s project works on statistical studies on issues such as tobacco use and mental health.

Amr has been working in the field of reproductive health and AIDS prevention at both the national and international levels for 4 years. He dreams of a world of happiness and peace for all human beings.

 

UNFPA in Egypt

Egypt’s major challenge remains its population size (65.1 million), despite a decrease in population growth. With nearly 37 per cent of the population below the age of 15, the population is expected to grow at least until 2025, reaching an estimated 120 million by 2030. These demographic trends have serious implications for the sustainability of development efforts seeking to improve the quality of life of Egyptian citizens.

While significant progress has been recorded in reaching some of the international development goals, in particular those related to maternal and child health care, major gaps remain. The reproductive health needs of women are not addressed holistically, with maternal health and family planning services provided separately under a vertical health care system. Certain groups tend to be neglected, including adolescents and youth, despite their high fertility. Almost 50 per cent of girls get married before age 20 and most conceive soon after marriage. Eighty-six per cent of girls are circumcised and while attitudes are gradually changing, the practice remains deeply rooted.

The UNFPA 5-year country program for the period of 2002 and 2006 has been put in place with the main focus of the reproductive health sub-program on the effort of increasing the utilization of quality reproductive health services, including HIV prevention services, particularly among adolescents and youth. The main focus of the reproductive health sub-program addresses the unmet needs of adolescents and youth. The strategic approach is to promote awareness among policy makers and within the community and to create partnerships with relevant institutions, in particular civil society organizations, to effectively reach young people. UNFPA also provides support for developing culturally sensitive educational materials and messages for young people. Innovative approaches have been utilized to reach in-school and out-of-school young people, involving parents, teachers, and community and youth leaders.

The design of these innovative techniques is based on the results of field research which highlights the reproductive health needs of young people and the situation analysis of attitudes and stigma regarding vulnerable groups of the population. As UNFPA was elected to chair Egypt's Expanded Thematic Group for HIV/AIDS in June, 2004, (ETG) it is expected to play a leading role in Egypt in the area of AIDS prevention.

http://www.unfpa.org/arabstates/egypt/7egt0206.doc
http://www.gypegypt.org

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