Throughout their history Refuge-Egypt has focused mainly on meeting the needs of the African refugee community in Egypt. However, as the crisis in Syria continues, we find ourselves in a unique position to provide medical aid in response to a worsening situation there. As an implementing partner of the UNHCR, we have been providing medical and nutritional care for Syrian People of UNHCR Concern.
There are now over 111,000 UNHCR registered Syrian refugees in Egypt, with thousands more unregistered and awaiting registration. Although the Egyptian government has granted Syrians access to public services, Egypt does not have the capacity to meet the demands of so many individuals.
Many of the poorest and most vulnerable Syrian refugees now live in the 6th October suburb of Cairo. It is in this clinic that we are pleased to welcome Dr Eriny Zakaria, our new team leader. The 6th October clinic that she leads is just one example of the way Refuge-Egypt is able to provide quality medical services to patients who are high risk.
In November 2012, the UN conducted research amongst Syrian refugees in Egypt. In it they identified a strong need for medical support, specifically for primary, maternal and child healthcare. Since this research emerged, and upon the request of the UNHCR, Refuge-Egypt has provided ante and postnatal services for all Syrian refugees. This has been an enormous responsibility, but also an encouragement and a privilege. 20% of the 16,149 medical clinic consultations this year have been Syrians.Due to this tremendous need, and through the amazing support of our partners and friends, Refuge-Egypt is now able to establish a new antenatal clinic in Alexandria which will open in October.