Egypt’s family planning program officially began in 1965. Impressive gains in contraceptive use have been made since 1980, and the contraceptive prevalence rate increased from 24 percent in 1980 to 47 percent in 1992. Egypt’s National Population Policy addresses the nation’s population growth through multiple interventions designed to reduce fertility, including family planning (FP) services. FP accessibility is promoted through a network of public and NG0 FP clinics. A number of years ago, the Egyptian Family Planning Program began using the Raidats Rifiats program to extend services into rural communities. There is concern regarding the program’s ability to recruit women for the clinic-based program. Senior policymakers and program managers need to assess the role Raidats has played within their communities and their contribution to the FP program. The present research provides a comprehensive assessment of the various subsystems functioning in this program. Six governorates were included to represent Egypt’s major four sectors: West and Middle Delta, East Delta, Middle of Republic, and Upper Egypt. Overall, the study highlighted gaps in the existing Raidats system that should be strengthened to improve system performance.
"Development of approaches to community based family planning outreach in Egypt: Assessment of Raidats Rifiats Program [Arabic]," Research summary. Cairo: Population Council and Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, 1996.
Asia & Near East Operations Research and Technical Assistance Project