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U.S. and Egypt Empower Nurses in Upper Egypt

November 14, 2012

Cairo - The U.S. Government and the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population celebrated the publication of the Arabic version of “Managers Who Lead: A Handbook for Improving Health Services” today.  The handbook is used in a nurses’ training program on new management techniques and will serve as a training resource across all levels of the Ministry of Health and Population. 

Egyptian health officials and representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) came together at the event to celebrate their collaborative efforts in publishing the handbook and working together to support reforms of the health system that will lead to improvements in patient care.  The Egyptian and U.S. governments are providing training in leadership and management skills for nurses in Upper Egypt through a program focusing on prioritizing challenges and implementing plans to address those challenges. 

“Developing the leadership skills of those who work on the front lines of the health care system is a critical component of health reform,” said Randy Kolstad, Director of USAID’s Office of Health and Population.  “This also supports efforts to improve the skills of the workforce to ensure that the Egyptian labor force meets the needs of today’s job market – a key priority of the U.S. Government’s support to Egypt.”

To date, USAID has trained 15% of the total number of hospital and primary health care nurses in Qena, Luxor, and Aswan governorates in leadership, management, and communication skills.  The Arabic version of the “Managers Who Lead Handbook” will allow thousands of health managers and workers in the Arabic-speaking world to access and use its wealth of ideas, approaches, and best practices.