Sharjah-based charity organisation, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has announced that it will donate nearly $9m (AED33m) to develop the main building of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Cairo.
The contribution will support development and rehabilitation work of the 13-storey building of NCI in Cairo’s Qasr Al-Aini Street.
The budget allocated by TBHF will cover a period of two years for construction and architectural work.
The budget will also include new offices and furniture, equipment, electrical work, lighting improvement, communication, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as the implementation of sewage and water pipes plus medical gas systems.
The work will increase the hospital and outpatient clinic capacities, improve the level of services provided to patients, reduce waiting lists and focus on treating children with various cancers, in addition to expanding free services.
NCI is one of the largest and most advanced oncology and medical care centres in Egypt and North Africa, providing medical care to more than 250,000 patients per year, with 85% of Egyptians receiving treatment free of charge.
The donation is the largest single donation received by NCI in its almost 50-year history.
Sheikha Jawaher said: "The support coincides with the UAE's celebration of the 'Year of Zayed' and the Holy Month of Ramadan.
"Sheikh Zayed’s love of Egypt demonstrated the importance he placed on Arab solidarity and humanitarianism and his efforts to alleviate the suffering of the needy, the vulnerable and the sick, so that they enjoy decent living, away from suffering, hardship and pain."
Last September, The Big Heart Foundation covered the expenses of updating the institution’s IT database and helped to provide solutions to NCI’s lack of qualified human resources.
The support contributed in promoting NCI’s IT infrastructure by providing qualified staff, and training them on the latest IT trends, transforming the institute into a fully-fledged digital hospital with an independent hospital information system, which enabled it to expand and develop its services.