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Mental health

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There are a number of challenges in the area of mental health and psychiatric services in Egypt.

Most resources are allocated to a few large centralized psychiatric hospitals. However, the number of beds available for psychiatric patients is still inadequate for provision of acute inpatient care, particularly as 60% of the beds are occupied by long stay patients.

The number of hours given for training in mental health in medical schools and other health training institutions is limited and does not reflect the importance of this field as a contributor to morbidity.

The WHO country office supports the Ministry of Health and Population in integerating mental health services into primary health care and raising awareness in schools and universities to reduce the stigma of mental health illnesses. 

Mental health

Mental disorders

Regional programme for mental health and substance abuse

Key health-related statistics

General government expenditure on health as % of general government expenditure 5.6
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.6
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 70.5

Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Egypt country health profile

Global Health Observatory. Egypt statistics summary (2002–present)

Regional Health Observatory