On 18 November 2012, Poland’s Ambassador in Cairo Piotr Puchta presented the Central Charity Hospital (CCH) with an electromyogram (EMG) used to diagnose the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles and the peripheral nervous system. The EMG will be set up in a clinic – forming part of the Central Charity Hospital, itself a multi-stage project in progress – which will serve as the central medical facility for patients treated by the Islamic Medical Association (IMA). The Association runs 30 medical clinics throughout Egypt. The beneficiaries of the project are Egyptians benefiting from IMA care. IMA and CCH have an open door policy, covering patients from all layers of Egyptian society – although most of them come from impoverished groups, which are often uncovered by social security and lack the funds needed to pay for medical expenses. CCH provides its services for a symbolic fee. Every year, the organization helps treat 2 million patients.
The handover ceremony was attended by Dr. Mohy-El-Din El Zayet, the Hospital’s Director, and Saber Abdel Sadek, Deputy Chair of the Freedom and Justice Party.
The donated medical equipment was purchased by the Polish Embassy in Cairo in the framework of the small grants scheme. The goal of the project was to increase the scope and quality of medical services for the poorest social groups in Egypt.
The small grants scheme makes it possible for Polish diplomatic missions to forward assistance directly to aid beneficiaries in their countries of accreditation. Small grants are financed under the Polish development cooperation programme.