A website dedicated to autism was launched Thursday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, to facilitate access to information to help guide autistic people and their families.
Supervising the launch of this site, the Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid specified that this achievement aims to “facilitate access to up-to-date information to contribute to the orientation of the families of autistic people, by increasing the level of public health education on autism”.
Stressing that this event coincided with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 each year, Mr. Benbouzid said that this site, opened with the support of “Expertise-France” as part of the partnership program ” Profas C+”, was produced in both Arabic and French languages by specialists from Algeria, France and Belgium.
The creation of this website comes to “reinforce” the initiatives taken by the guardianship for the benefit of autistic people, he argued, adding that “19 child psychiatry services have been assigned, some of which have acquired considerable experience for several years, in addition to the activities organized in local establishments”.
After insisting on the importance of knowing how to carry out early diagnosis, requiring “the strengthening of services and professional capacities”, the Minister indicated that preliminary and continuous training represents “the fundamental element for all bodies “.
He said he was convinced that the joint action between all sectors and associations will establish “a national strategic plan for autism” which is being drawn up, recalling that the problem of autism disorders is among departmental priorities since April 2, 2016.
Installed on July 18, 2016, the National Intersectoral Committee for Autism (CNIA) continues to carry out its activities, which reflects the strong will of the various ministerial departments to provide for the needs of autistic people.
The number of autistic people followed between 2019 and 2021 in the various health structures amounts to 5,557, including 996 women.