"Essaha Aziza" programme launched in governorates of Greater Tunis in support of frontline health care
05/11/2019 17:47, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The "Essaha Aziza" (precious health) programme was launched on Tuesday in the governorates of Greater Tunis, as part of the programme to support the frontline public health care, previously launched by the Ministry of Health, in nine governorates.

The project will mobilise funds amounting to €20 million in the form of a grant from the European Union (EU), including €13 million will be allocated to the acquisition of medical equipment for the upgrading of the frontline health care bringing together local hospitals, dispensaries and health centres to improve direct health services provided to citizens in inland areas and working-class districts.

The project concerns the governorates of Tunis, Manouba, Ben Arous, Ariana, Kébili, Gabès, Médenine, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa, Kasserine, El Kef, Jendouba and Siliana.

In a statement to TAP, National Director of the programme, Leila Arabi Daghri, indicated that the project is structured around three main axes, the first of which is to provide the relevant health institutions with the necessary equipment and materials. The second concerns the development of the capacities of primary care physicians and the development of studies in the field of health, while the third aims to involve all components of civil society that have participated in the implementation of the "Sehati" (My Health) project.

The "Sehati" programme is part of a national programme to support the health sector, launched in Tunisia in 2011. It is based on the involvement of civil society in efforts to better understand citizens' health needs at the local level and to adapt projects to the real needs of patients.

For her part, Acting Minister of Health Sonia Bechikh said Tunisia has 2,182 basic health centres and 109 local hospitals, highlighting the importance of the first line of the health system. She added that as part of the programme, training sessions will be organised for medical and paramedical executives to introduce them to the use of the new equipment and to keep them informed of the latest developments in the health care field.

In the same connection, local hospitals will be equipped with a new fleet of ambulances and the necessary logistical support, Bechikh said, in addition to digitising health services and establishing the foundations for good governance and anti-corruption efforts.

The Minister explained that the 13 governorates covered by the "Essaha Aziza" programme did not benefit from a similar project launched in 2015 with the EU support for the benefit of 13 other governorates.

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