Life Project Egypt


The rationale

To begin, forensic psychiatry deals with patients who have a mental disorder and have committed a (often) serious offence. Patients in forensic-psychiatric care are generally incarcerated for lengthy periods of time. As such, evidence based treatment is often challenging and resettlement back into the community can be problematic.

In Egypt, there are about 500 patients across the forensic psychiatry care settings and only approximately 10% of these patients are granted discharge each year. Long-term incarceration in highly restrictive forensic settings affects the quality of life of patients and is expensive. Hence, it is paramount to develop evidence-based guidelines for practitioners and improve methods of treatment provided to the patients in order to enhance their health and well-being, and reduce their risk. With more effective interventions (i.e., standardised assessment, treatment and management) in place, patients’ length of stay is expected to reduce and community safety will eventually improve.

However at present, there is a lack of recognised training in forensic psychiatry, and guidance on the assessment and treatment of such patients in Egypt.