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Egypt drive to tackle rising birth rates

September 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Newborn baby, 30 November 2017 [GoodFreePhotos]

Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity has launched a family planning campaign with the aim of confronting the rising birth rates across the country.

The “two [children] are enough” campaign aimed at raising awareness about the importance of birth control.

The Social Solidarity Minister, Ghada Waly, told the state’s Al Ahram Online that reducing the population growth in Egypt “is important for the country’s economic prosperity”.

The project’s first phase, Waly explained, will target 2,257 villages in ten governorates, including Behira, Giza, Fayyoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.

“We [the ministry] cooperate with non-governmental organisations to raise awareness among Egyptian women on the importance of birth control,” she pointed out.

The Egyptian government has been carrying out numerous family planning campaigns in several provinces in an attempt to rescue the country’s struggling economy. In July, the country’s Ministry of Health and Population, represented in the population and family planning department, launched a family planning campaign, dubbed “she is capable”, in various governorates, during which family planning experts volunteered as consultants.

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