Project HOPE has worked in Egypt for over 40 years, helping modernize the health education system and strengthen the capacity of health care providers.
The rapidly rising population in Egypt has strained the already burdened health infrastructure with an increased need for quality services and improvements to the health system. Project HOPE works closely with the Ministry of Health to develop Egypt’s health workforce through education and training and in partnership with universities, the national training institute and private companies. Our work has included:
Providing medical training in diabetes care and insulin supplies.
Technical support and training to improve cancer care, including smoking cessation.
Cardiovascular care training.
Most recently, with support from Sanofi-Genzyme, we have supported patients with the rare genetic condition Gaucher Disease. This disease has life-threatening complications and afflicts a higher rate of people in Egypt than any other country worldwide. The nearly 20-year-long program provides essential medicines, health care worker education and family support.
Our History in Egypt
Project HOPE’s work in Egypt began in 1975 when Mrs. Gihan El Sadaat, wife of former President Anwar Sadaat, requested assistance with medical expertise for the Al Wafaa Wal Ama comprehensive rehabilitation center. Since then, we have continued to work closely with Egypt’s Ministry of Health to strengthen their health workforce through education and training. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, we continued to focus on medical training initiatives:
Developing a Master’s Degree in Nursing program at Cairo University;
Creating a biomedical engineering training program;
Nursing diploma curriculum development;
Developing emergency medical training programs
In 2000, Project HOPE, in partnership with Pfizer, contributed to the development and implementation of the National Training Institute (NTI) in Cairo. The NTI is now providing health care professionals from Egypt and other countries of the Middle East with the most advanced training in a high-technology environment in the region.