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Under the Auspices of H.E. Ms. Ghada Waly, Ahl Masr Foundation celebrates the Groundbreaking of the First-of-its-Kind Non-Profit Burn Hospital in Egypt

Dr. Heba El Sewedy, Founder and Chairwoman of Ahl Masr lays the Foundation of The Largest Specialized Burn Hospital in Egypt, The Middle East and Africa                   

CAIRO 03 December 2016, Today, Ahl Masr Foundation, supported by all its partners, donors and burn victims joined hands to lay the foundation of Ahl Masr Non-Profit Burn Hospital in New Cairo, Egypt. The event was held under the auspices and in the presence of Her Excellency Ms Ghada Waly, Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity and His Excellency Eng. Ibrahim Mehleb, Advisor to the President’s Office for Strategic and Developmental Projects and Former Egyptian Prime Minister.

The event was held at the hospital’s site and was attended by government officials, prominent corporate executives and public figures expressing their support and shedding light on this important, however, neglected cause.

“Burn injuries are painful, horrific and life-altering; as within those flames lies a destructive force that mutilates not only the body but also the lives and future of thousands of people” said Dr. Heba El Sewedy. Today, Ahl Masr Foundation is laying the first building block of Egypt’s mega project; Ahl Masr Burn Hospital, the first non-profit burn hospital in the Middle East and Africa. The Hospital will be erected on a building area of 31,000 square meters in New Cairo to accommodate, treat and care for patients and their families. Phase one is expected to be completed in three years.

Burn accidents occur in a split of a second! however its treatment lasts for years. This is why Ahl Masr Foundation is building the hospital with a unique vision; “our vision extends beyond mere medical services, Ahl Masr Burn Hospital will be a state-of-art center that provides comprehensive treatment and care, addressing not only the victims’ physical needs, but also their psychological, emotional and social wellness” added Dr. El Sewedy. Hospital facilities includes 120 beds, Intensive Care Units to accommodate over 48 patients, a skin bank and a stem cell bank.

At present, Ahl Masr Foundation adopts the treatment of an estimated 40 cases monthly in addition to implementing a rigorous programme of prevention and awareness in the most vulnerable communities; “the safe villages” programme.

It is worth mentioning that as per the World Health Organization latest report, an estimated 265,000 deaths every year are caused by burns – the vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries. Non-fatal burn injuries are a leading cause of morbidity. In Egypt, around 100,000 persons suffer from burns every single year which represents around 300 people suffering from burns daily. Over 50% of the burn victims are under the age of twenty. Studies show that 75% of burn incidents happen in low income families in Egypt, many victims find it difficult -if not impossible- to get access to life-saving treatment.

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