Egypt

H.O.M.E. supports three medical clinics, one charity hospital, a home care medical service, and a mobile clinic that provides medical care for the people of Egypt.

Christian Medical Fellowship

Since its foundation in 1981, the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) has been dedicated to training and equipping healthcare workers (doctors, staff nurses, pharmacists etc.) both professionally and spiritually, so that they may become living witnesses to their colleagues, patients and the community in general.  CMF attempts to provide medical professionals with the proper tools and skills as they go into countries all over the world and proclaim the saving message of Christ both through their work and daily activities.  Over the last 28 years, ministry activities have broadened, and staff has increased significantly.  Since H.O.M.E.’s inception, it has been supporting and co-sponsoring most of the projects that CMF is involved in:

  • The Mobile Clinic
  • The Home Health Care Project
  • The Good Samaritan Geriatric Nursing Home

Christian Nurses Fellowship (CNF) is also part of the CMF, and is supported by H.O.M.E.  CNF consists of a group of Christian nurses who are committed to be a light to others, reflecting the love of Christ to their patients.  This fellowship of nurses comes together on a monthly basis for fellowship, encouragement, prayer, and educational purposes.  CNF hosts approximately ten highly-attended conferences every year in order to properly train and better equip these nurses to use their profession for the glory of God.  CMF is also committed to holding regular spiritual meetings, an annual Christmas celebration, and spiritual praise festivals, as well as yearly conferences.  CMF also publishes a quarterly magazine entitled, “The Good Samaritan”.

The Mobile Clinic

Background 
The health outreach program of the Christian Medical Fellowship began in 1994 with the aim of delivering medical and spiritual care to people in rural areas who do not have enough money to see a doctor or buy medications.  In some of these areas (such as Upper Egypt) there are very few doctors, and needy patients in remote villages often lack the means to travel the considerable distances necessary to obtain medical attention.  Thus, a mobile clinic was founded to serve needy people in these isolated areas.

Staff/Activities
The Mobile Clinic makes outreach trips twice a month.  Traveling to remote areas, they examine large numbers of patients and distribute free medications.  Most frequently, they have to treat conditions related to unsanitary hygienic conditions, as well as illnesses resulting from malnutrition.  Patients needing surgery are referred to nearby hospitals.

Future Plans
The Mobile Clinic plans to expand its ministry further by forming a second mobile medical team in order to double the outreach trips.  Additionally, plans are underway to better equip the mobile clinic with medical instruments and up-to-date apparatus.

The Home Healthcare Project

Background
The vision of the Home Health Care (HHC) project started with two Dutch nurses who felt led to help elderly Egyptians who are unable to take care of themselves.  The idea came about after the nurses realized that many elderly patients extend their hospital stays merely because they cannot receive nursing care elsewhere.  For this reason, the nurses presented their concept of offering physical and spiritual home care to non-hospitalized elderly and sick individuals to CMF management in 1997.  CMF management gladly welcomed the idea and began training students by providing classes focusing on basic geriatric nursing care.

Staff/Activities
Currently, there are 15 trained care providers.  They visit and stay with patients in their houses while offering the basic nursing care they need.  The duration of the care varies; some patients receive only short-term care for curable sicknesses, while others continue to be treated for permanent conditions.  The amount of care received by each patient depends on their specific need.  While some only require several hours of attention, others must have round-the-clock care.

Future Plans
The HHC is planning to expand its services by hiring and training 10 additional healthcare workers so that more elderly people can be served.  Furthermore, additional equipment used in geriatric care needs to be purchased in order to better accommodate the patients.  

Good Samaritan Geriatric Nursing Home

Background
Over the years, CMF has come to realize that many of the elderly require round-the-clock care.  Because this kind of service is difficult to offer on a home-to-home basis, CMF management decided to look into purchasing a building that could be converted into a home where all the elderly who need 24 hour attention could be cared for.  The Lord quickly provided, allowing the geriatric center to open in 2000.

Staff/Activities
For several years, the geriatric center housed 12 beds but received close to two requests for admissions weekly.  Sadly, many of these requests were denied due to the center’s limited capacity.  In response to this overwhelming demand for its services, the geriatric center built and added another floor, doubling the number of patients that can be served.  This new floor is now fully equipped and has allowed for 12 additional beds to be added, bringing the total number of beds to 24.  Fifteen full-time care providers offer constant attention and basic care to the patients who are being sheltered in this well-equipped facility.

Future Plans
The center plans to select and train new care providers who will offer the same quality care that it has established its reputation.  The idea of building a roof garden is being evaluated as a means to offer a pleasant environment where patients can relax.  In addition, there are plans to move to a much larger facility with more beds to accommodate the need among the elderly.

Harpur Hospital in Menouf

Background
The hospital was founded in 1910 by an Irish missionary who wanted to show the love of Christ by serving the needy people of the Nile Delta area.  It was later named after its founder.  At that time, the region almost completely lacked medical services and facilities.  The hospital acquired a reputable name and experienced rapid growth through the various social projects intended to meet the needs of the local people, and through its Christian staff providing quality medical care to the community.  In the early 50’s, local doctors assumed management of the facility, and Egyptian doctors continue to oversee the hospital’s day-to-day operations.  Harpur Hospital in Menouf (HHM) remains fully dedicated to providing excellent medical care, while at the same time reaching out to the community through the love of God.

Staff/Activities
The HHM currently has a staff of around 150 people (including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers) and operates 24 hours a day on weekdays and a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays.  The facility has a very extensive patient base, serving 50,000 outpatients and 1,000 inpatients. HHM staff believes in the importance of walking with God and therefore spends time together each morning for prayer and devotions.

Egypt has suffered over the last decade from the spread of a Hepatitis C epidemic whereby 20% - 30% of the population is infected.  In July 2009, in partnership with H.O.M.E., the hospital embarked on establishing a Hepatitis C program.  Physicians carefully screen patients who have this disease, and offer serologic, liver function and PCR molecular testing.  Further follow-up and treatment to those who are infected is provided with government assistance.

The hospital is involved in medical outreach efforts outside the facility walls as well.  In search of fresh opportunities to share God’s love with the neediest people, a medical team from the hospital reaches out to poverty-stricken neighboring villages, offering free medical care and services.

Future Plans
HHM continues to work to establish an exemplary, well-run family practice center that can act as a model for the new health reform program in Egypt.  HHM plans to further develop the hospital in order to obtain accreditation as a referral hospital for the family practice.  Future renovation plans include adding a 2nd floor to the outpatient clinic and replacing some of its equipment with state-of-the-art medical equipment.  The shortage of doctors still continues to be a challenge, and HHM is working on coming up with new ways to recruit, select and hire more healthcare workers.

Evangelical Mission Hospital

The main hospital in Aswan was established in the early 1900’s by foreign missionaries who had a heart to reach out to the people of Egypt through medical care.  This 46 bed-facility is an outpatient clinic, providing specialized care in many medical areas, including but not limited to surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, ENT, pediatrics, family medicine, tropical medicine, and internal medicine.

In partnership with H.O.M.E. and In His Image, this hospital also holds week-long healthcare conferences and seminars, with a spiritual emphasis, as part of a Family Practice Program to teach, train and equip medical students, nursing students, practicing physicians and others.  Plans to further develop this mission hospital are in the works and will include the expansion of the current space, such as building new operating and emergency rooms.  This mission also has two additional outpatient clinics in two different places in the Aswan governorate, the Daraw clinic and the Ballana clinic.

1) Daraw Clinical Services

Background
Daraw Clinic is located approximately 25 miles north of Aswan.  A German ophthalmologist established the clinic in that area soon after the hospital in Aswan was founded.  This outpatient clinic is now a specialized center for the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

Staff/Activities
Every year, Daraw Clinic welcomes over 5,000 patients.  Four times a week, an ophthalmologist, an ENT specialist and a nurse travel from Aswan to offer their services at this location.  The clinic has the medical equipment required for basic care as well as the necessary tools to perform minor surgery.

Future Plans
The Daraw Clinic is striving to expand its mission and locate healthcare workers who live in Daraw and are willing to serve in the clinic.  This will allow the clinic to operate at a much higher capacity, and will also eliminate needless hours of transportation.  The clinic also hopes to see more patients in the future by broadening its range of services and including different medical specialties.  Additional community service programs are also under consideration.

2) Ballana Clinical Services

Background
The Ballana Clinic is located in a remote Nubian village in the vicinity of Aswan. This general practice clinic was established in 1991, as a physician and two Finnish nurses decided to serve the Lord at this location, coming to the aid of the community medically and spiritually.

Staff/Activities
In the initial years of its operation, the Ballana Clinic received over 7,000 patients a year.  Since then, the primary physician who resided in the clinic has relocated to the Aswan area.  He now visits the clinic twice a week, rotating shifts with other doctors who volunteer their services at the clinic once a week.  As a result, the clinic is open three times a week.  A nurse resides at the clinic full-time.  The clinic has the basic medical equipment to help different types of patients with ailments ranging from diabetes, hypertension, and chest infections to diarrhea.  Ballana Clinic also offers prenatal care for pregnant women.  In addition to the medical attention that patients receive, Ballana Clinic has committed itself to educating its community about basic health issues through primary health programs. Ballana Clinic has set up a program to visit local schools and provide First-Aid classes at no cost.

Future plans
Ballana Clinic hopes to encourage and train additional medical students.  The clinic would like to invest more time and resources into developing projects and programs designed for this purpose.  Similar to the Daraw clinic situation, the Ballana clinic hopes to locate, hire and train local personnel to work at the clinic.

Health Outreach to the Middle East (H.O.M.E.) is a Christian, non-denominational organization that exists to offer physical and spiritual healing to people in need in the Middle East by providing medical care and education.


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