Ms Nataša Uršič
T: +386 1 479 65 71
There are at least four most recent topical issues posing a security threat in Egypt that necessitate the need for response within the field of Mine Action:
- Mine/ERW contamination issue in north-west Egypt where construction works are planned (also the construction of a new part of the Suez Canal).
- The presence of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), especially in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula, and the lack of local expertise to deal with the issue.
- Rehabilitation of mine victims.
What we do
ITF signed a Protocol on Cooperation with the Ministry of International Cooperation of the Arab Republic of Egypt on 11 October 2009, with the aim to enhance cooperation in the field of humanitarian demining (mine victims assistance, training of rehabilitation specialists and socio-economic reintegration of mine victims).
In December 2010, ITF supported specialized training for 5 professionals from the rehabilitation institute in Cairo – a medical doctor, a nurse, a physiotherapist, psychologist and a prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) engineer, which was implemented in Slovenia. After the introductory presentation of Institute, individual programmes were prepared for all 5 professionals.
In November 2012, ITF supported rehabilitation treatment in Slovenia for four children from Egypt, which were accompanied by two physiotherapists who received on-the-job training. The project was implemented on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Embassy in Cairo (at that time Ambassador Dr. Robert Kokalj). Patients were victims of revolutionary engagements in Egypt in January 2011 and victims at the football game in Port Said on February 2011.
Since 2014, ITF has been actively engaged to restore cooperation with Egypt. In this vein, several areas of potential joint activities that are of mutual interest have been identified:
- Inclusion of ITF in establishing the executive Secretariat for demining.
- Pilot project for training, clearance, and risk education on improvised (home-made) explosive devices (IEDs). In this regard, also preparation of draft MoU has been proposed.
- Cooperation in the field of prosthetics and rehabilitation of mine victims. The Egyptian Ministry of Health expressed its interest for continuation of activities that initiated in 2012. The Ministry is interested in:
- transfer of expertise - providing training for Egyptian rehabilitation experts in cooperation with University Rehabilitation Institute (URI) of the Republic of Slovenia;
- promotion and enhancement of education and training in prosthetics.
For a detailed past description of ITF engagements in Egypt you are kindly invited to refer to the ITF Annual Reports.