Presidential Initiative for Maternal and Fetal Health
Wednesday، 24 August 2022 - 01:23 PM
In March 2020, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched an initiative “to take care of the health of the mother and the foetus” for an early detection of the infections transmitted from the mother to the foetus, and provide free of charge treatment and health care under the slogan “100 million Seha” or ‘’100 million Healthy Lives.’’
Objectives of the Initiative:
The Initiative aims at providing an early detection of virus B , HIV and syphilis for pregnant women, in addition to reducing maternal deaths caused by such diseases. The Initiative also includes following up on the condition of the mother and the new born for 42 days after delivery to avoid any risk for the mother or the new born, and to provide the appropriate measures, in addition to dispensing the necessary micronutrients during the postpartum period.
Importance of the Initiative:
The Initiative guarantees the confidentiality of the medical tests and proper testing through selecting reagents with international quality standards. It also provides consultation for the prevention of diseases, and requires the woman’s approval on receiving that service.
The Initiative is sustainable among the services of the health units and the maternal and child centres within the framework of activating and improving the quality of routine services provided by the maternal and child care centres. It includes a clinical examination to assess the general condition of the pregnant woman and the foetus, and discover the risk factors that may accompany the pregnancy, in addition to providing the tetanus vaccination, measuring the height, weight, and blood pressure of women, conducting various necessary examinations to detect anaemia, determining whether or not the mother needs an Anti-D injection after childbirth, in addition to conducting a complete urine examination to detect albumin and urinary system diseases, and dispensing the necessary micronutrients during pregnancy.
Within the Initiative, services are provided in all health units and medical centres, and cases that require advanced medical examinations are referred to 90 referral centres for Hepatitis B and HIV, in addition to 163 referral centres for syphilis patients nationwide. Cases with high blood sugar or those with any other risk factors are referred to 303 hospitals affiliated with the Ministry of Health to complete their treatment.
More than 4,000 medical teams participate in the Initiative. They have been trained on how to use devices for early detection of Hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis for pregnant women, conduct blood sugar tests and physical measurements. They also learn how to deal with the beneficiaries, complete the follow-up card and enter the data. In this vein, the appropriate number of medical teams, devices and supplies were distributed according to the number of pregnant women in each unit which are open throughout the official working days from 8 am till 2 pm.
An integrated database for survey has been created and linked to the health facilities participating in the Initiative to facilitate the follow-up of the beneficiary women and transfer them to the nearest centre to receive the necessary treatment according to their condition. Moreover, beneficiaries can inquire about the date of conducting advanced examinations through the "100 Million Seha" website, or through the "Health Egypt" application, while inquiries are also received through the hotline "15335".
Results of the Initiative:
The Ministry of Health and Population announced that one million and 148 thousand women were examined as part of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s initiative to “care for the health of the mother and the foetus” for an early detection of the diseases transmitted from the mother to the foetus, and provide free of charge treatment and health care under the slogan “100 Million Seha”, since its inception in March 2020 to 11/18/2021.