Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care

by Shamseya for Innovative Community Healthcare Solutions
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care
Give 2000 Egyptian Families Affordable Health Care

Mariam is a 10 year old girl whose dad passed away and is living with her mother in one of Cairo's most underpriviliged areas. She and her mother only have one another, and since her super mom gives all her energy and attention to Mariam, she started noticing some unusual behaviours. Mariam's mother noticed that Mariam's reactions and her engagement with people around her are unusual, at the time she had heard about what Shamseya did with her neighbours so she called us to consult us on her daughter's case.

Mariam is eligible for healthcare as she is a student, however, her mother was unaware of this until she reached out to us. We began walking her through the procedures of getting Mariam enrolled in healthcare; at first, it was difficult because the person in charge of issuing the healthcare ID at school was nowhere to be found. But we were never going to give up on Mariam and when there is a will there is a way. We found another approach, whereby she got her school registration document and went to a healthcare clinic outside school which issued her healthcare ID. 

Our job did not end with Mariam's enrolment in healthcare, the journey of discovering what is Mariam suffering from and ensuring that she receives the healthcare she deserves had just begun. We would not have let the complex procedures stop Mariam's super mom from fighting for her daugher. The first step in the journey was to go to a medical consultant to refer her to a specialised hospital, from there she was once more sent to the clinic in which she began her journey and they transfered her to the hospital for Egyptian Children that finally conducted an IQ test and diagnosed her.

Mariam was diagnosed with below average IQ levels, meaning that her mental capabilities that are responsible for inference, solving problems and adapting to cognitive demands are limited. She can perform certain tasks normally such as remembering the information presented in the form of pictures, solving abstract problems and memorizing shapes. However, her IQ is generally lower than average which requires medications and medical support on regular basis. 

Thankfully, Mariam was prescribed monthly medications that will be completely covered by the healthcare insurance she now has and access to a network of medical institutions to support her case and monitor her development. Despite the complex procedures, bureaucracy and redtape, we stayed by Mariam and her mother until they attained their right to affordable and sustainable healthcare and managed to make them feel cared for. 

A super mom and super special daughter have a chance at a more dignified life, that otherwise they would not have afforded due to the mother's unstable income, and this was made possible because of your sincere moral and financial support. 

In addition, with the aim of expanding access to healthcare coverage, Shamseya has entered into a collaboration with the German Development Cooperation, the European Union, the GIZ and the National Council for Human Rights to produce a series of informative videos that simply and comprehensivelly aim at raising awareness on how to access the different insurance schemes. Today, we share with you the first of those, focusing on the eligibility of student for healthcare. This video has thus far reached almost 400,000 people on the different social media outlets, making it possible for them to know that their children are eligible for healthcare, how to get it and if they are already enrolled, how to benefit from it.

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The story of Menna and Somaya

Menna is a 12 years old girl from Ezbet Khairallah, one of the poorest informal areas in Cairo. At a young age, she suffered from a rheumatic fever that had critical effects on her heart and legs. Her mother, Somaya tried everything to attend to her needs but she was utterly lost and began asking for money for her daughter's treatment.

Our team reached out to Somaya and navigated her way through the insurance scheme her daughter is entitled to. We enrolled her in the students insurance program where she got her medical examinations, carried out the needed investigations and was prescribed a restorative surgery. Through the insurance scheme, our team supported Somaya and Menna dispensing the needed medication without having to pay. We even helped her dispense her vitamins. She then could focus on her back pain and managed to undergo the needed surgery as part of her insurance as well.

As her dedicated patient-navigator was checking on Somaya, the mother, they noticed her cough, asked about her symptoms and suspected a COVID-19 infection. Our doctors got in touch, gave her all the needed instructions to deal with her infection and supported her in getting tested through the national healthcare scheme as well. Somaya recovered and managed to save thousands of pounds she would have spent on her daughter's treatment as well as hers. 

 

Menna and Somaya are among the hundreds of families we managed to support during the last 2 months of this project. Thanks to your support, we actually managed to pass the 150 benchmark of families enrolled in healthcare coverage, 420 families provided phone consultations and medical follow-up, 25 treated patients and 14 chronic patients regularly receiving treatment. We also actively reached out to 70 families that need our help and partnered with 7 new healthcare service providers to support our patients pro bono. This was all thanks to your trust and support.

We are only beginning. This month we are working on expanding our work and outreach through targeted materials aiming at expanding our reach to thousands of Egyptians who deserve the right to access quality healthcare. We will share that with you in our next report.

On behalf of our team and over 600 families we have helped access healthcare: Thank you, we wish you and your family the best health and wellbeing.

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Shamseya for Innovative Community Healthcare Solutions

Location: Cairo - Egypt
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Twitter: @ShamseyaEG
Project Leader:
Ayman Sabae
Cairo, Egypt
$16,414 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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