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
Karim - The Hero of our Story
Karim - The Hero of our Story

On the World Health Day, we wanted to celebrate the efforts of our project team that has made healthcare accessible to hundreds of Egyptian famillies. Our project team is the cornerstone of this project, their work literally saves lives every single day and today we wanted to tell you the story of just one day's work. A story of how they saved two famillies in just a couple of days, a story that shows their efforts which want to give them credit for!

The story began when the project team received a call from someone seeking help because two of his family members were in a terrible car accident and required immediate surgeries which they could not afford by any means. Karim (our project leader) went direclty to the hospital where they were checked in and knew the exact details of their profiles and medical needs. He found that Mr. Ashraf is a teacher and his wife Ms Gehan is a housewife, from there they took matters into their hands. They called the healthcare coverage scheme that Mr Ashraf is enrolled in and managed to get him an approval to continue his treatment and get the necessary services for free at the same hospital that he was in. As for Ms Gehan who wasn't eligible for healthcare coverage, the team managed to direct her to the state-funded health service and got her the approval needed to get the medical procedure that she needed for free. Through this intervention, this couple was rescued from a burden of over 60,000 EGP that they would have had to borrow in order to get the needed medical services and would have gotten themselves into debts. 

The more interesting part is that the story did not end here, because while monitoring the case of this couple, the hero of our story found a woman sitting on the floor of the same hospital and crying her eyes out. Karim could have focused on the problem that he was already fixing, but he does not leave someone hurting without at least offering to help. He went to her and asked what's wrong, it turned out that she is a woman from Upper Egypt whose 10 years old son Youssef was hit by a car while they were visiting Cairo and the hospital refused to treat him unless they paid 15,000 EGP. The problem here was that the Youssef's healthcare coverage papers belonged to the city where he was born and they did not know how to get approvals or do the papers in Cairo. The team then stayed with the mother and called the father who was back at their hometown, they took the case up with the healthcare insurance office, made sure they facilitated the transfer of his case between the cities and did not rest until the boy accessed his right to free healthcare.

This is the kind of passion that keeps us going, the stories of how this team changes and saves lives every single day is our source of pride.

Happy World Health Day, follow our project and our Facebook page to know how we work on making health services accessible to everyone!

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Amany - A Breadwinner Who Accessed Healthcare
Amany - A Breadwinner Who Accessed Healthcare

On the occasion of the International Women's month, we wanted to tell you a little about how Shamseya's project has managed to contribute to the hardworking Egyptian women and girls with their different stories. During the project design, we were keen on being inclusive and empowering, through promoting gender equality in healthcare services' attainment. 

To date, more than 60% of our beneficiaries are women from various categories such as school students, university students, breadwinners and senior citizens, all of whom live in underprivileged communities. These women and girls have one thing in common: they were all struggling to attain their right to accessible, affordable and dignified healthcare services. They could not get enrolled in healthcare coverage schemes, benefit from the coverage schemes that they are already enrolled in or even go to the right place to get the medical services that they are eligible to. 

Imagine a tailoring workshop in one of Egypt's poorest slum areas, where tens of women work to put food on the tables, a job that empowers them both socially and economically. Unfortunately, many of these women were suffering from vision defects that they did not prioritize, because they put their families before themselves and constantly choose to give their time and money to their families instead of attaining the healthcare services that they need and deserve. One of our proudest interventions was working with those amazing breadwinning women and providing them with the guidance needed to navigate healthcare systems and get the needed healthcare services.

We have managed to raise their awareness on available healthcare coverage schemes, help them navigate the bureaucracy and get surgeries, medications and eyeglasses to correct their vision defects. We have done our best to be their ally along the way and reassure them that they are not going through the hardships of life on their own.

Due to your invaluable donations, we have enabled tens of hardworking women to continue working and maintain their primary source of income by solving their health problems. After getting their vision defects corrected, the manager of the tailoring workshop confirmed that the products now have a much better quality. Without your contributions and support, we wouldn't have been able to help these women and as a result their work and economic situation would have been deeply affected.

On the 8th of March 2021, the little x little campaign will start on GlobalGiving, where donations up to 50 USD will be matched by 50%. This is a great chance to increase the impact of your donation, spread the word and contribute to help hardworking Egyptian breadwinners get the healthcare services they need!

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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
$21,137 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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