From January –30 November 2013, 4,862 people were examined during 34 medical outreaches in rural villages in the Nile Delta and slum areas in Cairo and Alexandria. Each outreach is different depending on the needs of the local community. The services offered by doctors from Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf include: dental, dermatology, gynaecology, internal medicine, paediatrics, pharmacy, ophthalmology, surgery.
The Diocese of Singapore and it’s cathedral, St Andrew’s, donated the medical bus in 2010. In 2013, Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf worked in partnership with Misr el Kheir (an NGO chaired by the former Grand Mufti of Egypt) and the Embassy of Ireland. Because of increased donor support, the number of outreaches and people served has increased.
Most of these outreaches are in villages which are Muslim, and the medical outreaches help build bridges between Muslims and Christians. One doctor shares “In November, we did a medical outreach for the first time in a village called Tamalay in Menoufia. As the doctors got out of the cars, there was a group of teenage boys who were shouting insults at them. As they examined patients at the temporary clinic set up in a school in this Muslim village, the boys were shouting and singing songs insulting Christians, making provocative statements about the recent attacks on churches in Egypt. As we finished the clinic, the elders of the village thanked us for coming. They told us the medical service was so needed in the village, and they wanted us to keep coming. As the doctors were leaving, one of the doctors said to the teenagers “study well as we want you to become doctors so you can serve the people of your village.” The teenage boys, who had been so insulting, said to her “please don’t stop coming.” The doctor was so moved by this change in their attitudes.”
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