BENEFITING: Islamic Relief USA
The Mohamed Khalifa Family Charity Fund has been established as a waqf (endowment) in memory of Mohamed Khalifa, who passed away on July 1, 2012. He was a loving husband, a kind father, a gentle teacher and a wonderful, warmhearted man who touched all those he met during his life. He was a man of few words, so when he spoke, you certainly paid attention and listened. He lived his life with a smiling face, quiet patience and strong faith. He strove to treat everyone kindly and with respect, and to help any one out in their time of need.
These are the values he lived by, and the ones he shared with his family and friends. It is with these values, that we, the Khalifa Family, have partnered with Islamic Relief USA and established the Mohamed Khalifa Family Charity Fund in his memory. We hope to follow his example, and help those in need. Through this fund, we aim to help different causes and projects, focusing on one cause at any given time.
Our first cause we have selected is a hospital in Egypt (Mohamed's home country).
In the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, Egypt is attempting to rebuild itself. While the World Bank and United Nations Development Program rank Egypt as a middle-income country, this label masks the high illiteracy, unemployment, and maternal and infant mortality rates of rural Egypt. An estimated 44 percent of Egyptians live on less than $2.65 a day. In northern Egypt, nearly 60% of the population is living in poverty, with women as the main breadwinners in the majority of these households.
Impoverished Egyptian families are unable to access basic services such as water and sanitation facilities, education, and healthcare—all of which have a deep impact on their living conditions.
Within the healthcare sector, more money is spent on providing healthcare for the wealthy rather than the poor. Impoverished people are often sicker and in greatest need simply because they don’t have the resources to access quality healthcare.
Egypt has large hospitals with an occupancy rate as low as 48 percent, and a large number of small inpatient facilities with a capacity of less than 50 beds. University hospitals and specialized medical centers are the main providers of many healthcare services in Egypt and are mostly concentrated in urban areas.
Kafr al-Sheikh is a governate in northern Egypt. It has 10 districts, 10 cities, 44 local units, 205 villages, and 1,695 sub-villages, and is one of the poorest regions in Egypt with a total of 180,000 inhabitants, 90 percent of whom are working in agriculture. The average household income in the
region is less than $1 a day.
In Kafr al-Sheikh, health conditions have deteriorated significantly and the decline in health services is primarily a result of a large shortage of doctors in all specialties. There are also very few health units in the region: the nearest hospital is located in Metobas District and it contains insufficient—and in many cases, unusable—medical equipment.
The healthcare ratios in the region are staggering: there are 460 patients to each hospital bed, 1,117 patients to each physician, 8,297 patients to each dentist, and 744 patients to each nurse. The lack of adequate health services is a challenge for area inhabitants.
ISLAMIC RELIEF USA’S RESPONSE
Islamic Relief is planning to better equip the existing central hospital in Metobas District and furnish it with a dental clinic, a pediatric clinic, a delivery and neo-natal clinic, an orthopedic clinic, a laboratory, infant incubators, and more.
The goal of the project is to reduce the severity of illnesses among the local population by improving access to low-cost healthcare and quality health services.
180,000 inhabitants of Metobas District and its surrounding areas in Kafr al-Sheikh are anticipated to benefit from this project. Patient check-up fees will be minimal, and the amount received from those fees will cover administrative and operational costs such as the maintenance and purchase of necessary equipment.