The World Bank will aim to improve healthcare in Egypt with $350mn investment
The World Bank has announced its plans to invest $530mn in a new project to support the improvement of Egypt’s public healthcare services.
The five-year “Transforming Egypt’s Healthcare System’’ project will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Population and will be an integral component of Egypt’s ambitious health reforms, according to the World Bank.
From expanding its family planning services, developing its Hepatitis C programme to treat over a million patients and supporting its new Universal Health Insurance System, the project will enhance the quality of care at 600 primary healthcare facilities and 27 hospitals, and bring in the adoption of new digital tools to deliver clinical excellence.
Family planning services will receive a $35mn investment, where its community health worker programme will aim to provide better health and nutrition information, screen one million units of blood per annum, and screen 20 million Egyptians against non-communicable diseases.
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With the recent enactment of the Comprehensive Health Insurance law, demand for quality healthcare is expected to grow in the country for all citizens, irrespective of costs. The project will therefore seek to make healthcare more affordable for all.
“Health is a top priority for the government’’ explained Dr Hala Zaid, Minister of Health and Population.
“This project aims to tackle Egypt’s top health agenda priorities: eliminating Hepatitis C, strengthening community, primary, and secondary healthcare services and addressing public health concerns including blood safety, family planning and non-communicable diseases.
“The project will allow us to achieve our goal of ensuring that every Egyptian has access to the quality healthcare that will enable them to lead prosperous lives and contribute to Egypt’s development.’’
‘’This project is about investing in people’’ commented Dr Asad Alam, World Bank Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti. ‘’Improving Egypt’s health care system will strengthen the country’s human capital and further build the foundation for growth and prosperity.’’
Slovenia launches EU COVID pass built on Better Platform
Slovenia has launched its EU Digital COVID Certificate, also known as the Digital Green Certificate, which was developed in only three weeks and built on top of a national clinical data repository (CDR) powered by the Better Platform.
The service generates a certificate based on the data available in Slovenia’s national CDR. The COVID certificate uses integrated care record data such as demographic data, vaccination and test result data that is already available. The data is made available through previously established services by the national COVID-19 screening data management solution and the national eVaccination registry – so there is no need for additional data to be generated solely for certificate purposes.
This rapid development of EU Digital Covid Certificate was made possible by an open-platform approach. It has also been created so that it can used by different systems, providing a vendor-neutral exchange of documents, and is available on-demand in digital or PDF form, with QR codes.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed national health systems to quickly develop new digital solutions for including to manage epidemiological data, and organise COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is the latest example of a solution that was developed at this new fast pace to allow citizens to travel safely this summer.
The Slovenian healthcare system already had a national eHealth infrastructure, enabling data to be shared via an integrated care record that makes data available for any digital service instantly, at scale and volume.
Currently, Slovenia's healthcare system includes:
* more than 150 million health records for 2.1 million unique individuals (98% of the population)
* more than 86% (135 million) of records in the form of structured data that uses openEHR models
* more than 4 million records of COVID-19 test results
* unstructured data that includes discharge summaries, clinical notes, opt-in statements, consent documents and other clinical data
* data which is sent to the national system by more than 1,250 registered healthcare providers in Slovenia
Initially, the digital health platform enabled the Slovenian Ministry of Health to respond rapidly and deploy a COVID-19 screening data management solution on a county-wide level in just 14 days. With vaccination data available through the national eVaccination registry, there was no need for additional data to be generated solely to create the COVID certificate.
“We are happy that we already had the suitable IT infrastructure in place in Slovenia" said Minister of Health Janez Poklukar. "It allowed us to respond quickly and provide the necessary digital solutions that support the efforts of medical and epidemiological teams to manage the pandemic, as well as to allow our citizens to travel freely.”