The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady and the Executive Director of “Long Live Egypt” Fund Mohamed Ashmawy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Fund, bolstering President Abdel Fattah elSisi’s Initiative to fight C virus, make ICTs available in poor villages and homeless children caring areas, and raise the capabilities of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
The MoU entails cooperation in making ICT tools accessible through providing technical assistance to equip labs in youth centres in villages and areas being currently developed, in coordination with "Long live Egypt" Fund.
This is in addition to providing training for the children at social caring houses, affiliated to the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS), under the Fund's plan to reduce the phenomenon of homeless children. Moreover, MCIT will assist in establishing a database for homeless children cases to be handled through the mobile units under the Fund’s plan to reduce the challenge of the growing homeless children.
Cooperation also includes awareness and prevention of hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and the implementation of the initiative "Start with Yourself" carried out in all sectors and companies affiliated to MCIT, targeting conducting a survey on employees through several mechanisms, one of them is blood donation campaigns to diagnose and treat the disease. In this context, the minister said that he would be the first donor in the blood donation campaign on the occasion of launching the initiative. Cooperation areas will also include supporting the project of "training and qualifying PwDs for a better job opportunity” implemented by MCIT.
MCIT and the Fund, via the MoU, will also cooperate in the field of expanding the use of ICT tools for developing the health sector through supporting the telemedicine initiative implemented by the ministry in collaboration with governorates, health units and universities in order to provide treatment services remotely for citizens in poor and marginalized areas, which would facilitate their access to high-quality medical service and receive treatment at the hands of senior consultants without incurring transport and medical examination costs.
“Long Live Egypt” Fund was established under the Presidential Decree No. 84 of 2015 to assist state agencies in establishing service and development projects, developing slums, reducing homeless children phenomenon, supporting micro-enterprises and young people and developing infrastructure projects that contribute to social development.