18 January 2020 08:24 AM

Sisi launches blindness, poor vision treatment initiative

Sunday، 27 January 2019 - 12:41 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his spouse on Saturday 26/1/2019 attended the launch ceremony of "Nour Hayah" initiative.

Implemented by Long Live Egypt (Tahya Misr) Fund, the initiative aims to treat diseases causing blindness and poor vision.

Addressing the ceremony, Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr, who also serves as chairman of the fund's executive committee, said president Sisi was the first to contribute to the fund.

She hailed the social role played by the Long Live Egypt Fund as a partner in community development and important projects.

It offers many services and initiatives that have benefited many families nationwide, the minister said.

Nasr, during the ceremony, said that Tahya Misr Fund’s story serves as a clear testament to the Egyptian people’s true love for their homeland and keenness on building it.

President Sisi was the first donor to the fund, a matter which has encouraged all Egyptians to do the same, the minister noted, hailing in particular the Egyptian women's contributions to the fund.

Tahya Misr Fund has become an important participant in the development process and a true helper for many families in the time of need, she pointed out, hailing its valuable contributions to the government’s efforts to eliminate slums.

Over the past period, the fund offered 60,000 housing units at a cost of EGP 2 billion to accommodate more than 700,000 citizens in Cairo, she added, citing the Asmarat and Bashayer El Kheir projects that aimed at offering proper housing to many poor and limited-income families.

She also praised the fund’s contributions to development efforts in Upper Egypt and underpriveleged and rural areas of the country.

Nasr reviewed another initiative launched by the fund to ensure food security to 5.5 million families of the most needy groups in several governorates, at the cost of EGP 160 million.

Over 330,000 families benefited from convoys roaming the country to deliver Adahi meat to those mos in need over the past two years, she added.

The fund has made great efforts to invest in the development of the citizen himself; as investing in human capital is vital for the development of any nation, the minister stressed.

The fund has greatly contributed to efforts targeting the elimination of Hepatitis C, provided EGP 600 million to end the waiting lists at government-run hospitals and established the first anti-Hepatitis C regional center in Luxor to offer treatment to patients free of charge, she added.

The Long Live Egypt Fund has provided 564 infant incubators nationwide, participated in the "100 million healthy lives" initiative and offered free treatment to 337,000 patients, the minister said.

It also launched numerous initiatives to support education and scientific research, including its EGP 410 million finance to Zewail City of Science and Technology to finish building the university's facilities. It also contributed to the establishment of schools in Cairo's Asmarat neighborhood and Alexandria's Bashayer El Kheir project, she added.

The fund has financed the "Teachers First" initiative to train teachers on advanced learning methods using the latest information technology with EGP 80 million, benefiting 10,000 teachers so far, Nasr said.

She added that president Sisi has recently allocated EGP 500 million to support the education of people with special needs.

Minister Nasr, who is the head of the executive committee of the Tahya Misr Fund, said that the fund provided EGP 20 million for the “Leadership Program” which offered training to 1,500 young people to prepare them to be leaders capable of meeting the challenges of the future.

She said that the fund has also financed projects of young entrepreneurs with a sum of EGP 337 million and contributed by EGP 200 million to SMEs.

Also it played a role in enabling women to support themselves financially and improve their living standards through “Mastoura” program to which it funneled EGP 270 million, she said, noting that almost 25 thousand women benefited from the program.

The minister pointed to the Fund’s success in paying off the debts of 4,200 “gharemat” (women imprisoned for failing to pay their debts), noting that a sum of EGP 42 million was set aside by the fund to help these poor women settle their debts.

She spotlighted the Fund’s contribution to solving the problem of street children, saying that there were 16 thousand beneficiaries from their EGP 114-million-program for this purpose.

Tahya Misr Fund was prompt to back the state during times of natural crises, the minister said, pointing to its contribution by EGP 100 million to upgrade drainage networks after the problem caused by heavy rains and floods in Alexandria and Beheira.

She highlighted the Fund’s help in environmental protection efforts, noting that it provided EGP 6 million for combating the “black cloud” and EGP 173 for sanitation projects and upgrading roads, schools and health services in Sinai.

After her address a documentary spotlighting the fund’s projects and programs in all fields and all over the country was screened.

Another documentary was displayed about “Nour Hayah” initiative which is sponsored by president Sisi and financed by a sum of EGP 1 billion provided by Tahya Misr Fund.

The initiative targets examining 5 million elementary school students in addition to 2 million needy people nationwide. Under it one million prescription glasses will be provided and 250 thousand eye operations will be performed to those who need them.


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