Brief History

Global Cancer Care Egypt was initiated by Dr Nabil Isshak and Dr Isis Sidhom in 2002 following personal experiences of palliative care in both Egypt and the UK. They sought to introduce the principles of palliative care to Egypt to improve the care available to such patients, and their families. At the same time Dr Samira Iskander-Gabra, a specialist in palliative medicine at the Marie Curie Hospice, Birmingham, was working on a similar plan. Nabil, Isis and Samira combined their knowledge and experience to work on this shared goal. Meanwhile, staff from Rotherham and St. Luke’s Hospices, Sheffield, and trustees of the Global Cancer Care, Swansea, were approached to support work on that project.

A number of Christian charity centres in Egypt serving patients with long term serious conditions including cancer were , in the meantime, visited to get them acquainted with the principles of palliative care, as practised in the UK.

Many people have kindly supported GCCE both financially and morally. These, mostly, are brothers and sisters from various churches throughout the UK, and individuals who exert tremendous efforts to raise funds for the charity.,

Many doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have come from Egypt for training at hospices in the UK, mainly Rotherham Hospice, St. Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield, and the Macmillan Palliative Care Unit, Sheffield. Simultaneously visits to Egypt by medical and nursing specialists from the UK have taken place between 2003 and 2014 to provide education and training to healthcare professionals, and volunteers in Egyptian hospitals, universities and churches

Summary of work carried out

  1. Training doctors & nurses in the UK  ..  تدريب اطباء وممرضات من مصر في انجلترا
  2. Palliative medicine and nursing experts visits to Egypt                                                                                      ترتيب زيارات خبراء في الطب والتمريض التلطيفي من المملكة المتحدة
  3. Organizing Conferences & lectures at universities, institutes, churches and centers in Egypt .. عقد محاضرات وسمينارات في الجامعات والمعاهد والكنائس
    • Cancer Center Mansoura University ..  مركز الأورام . جامعة المنصورة
    • Nursing College, Ein-Shams University .. كلية التمريض جامعة عين شمس
    • High Institute of Medical Research, Alexandria.. معهد البحوث الطبية . الأسكندرية
    • Nursing College, Alexandria University.. كلية التمريض . جامعة الأسكندرية
    • American Hospital, Tanta .. المستشفى الأمريكي . طنطا
    • Meridian Hotel, Pyramids .. هوتيل ميريديان الأهرام . الجيزة
    • Ayadi-al-Mostakbal Charity, Alexandria ..جمعية أيادي المستقبل لمرضى الأورام الأسكندرية
  4. Establishing and/or supporting palliative care centres at: Centers map
    • Warak/Embaba,Giza (2004 -2019) .. الوراق امبابة جمعية جلوبال مصر لرعاية مرضى الأورام
    • Mansoura ( 2006 – 2016) .. جمعية السامري الصالح. المنصورة
    • Ezbet-al-Nakhl, Cairo (Since 2010) .. عزبة النخل .  كنيسة ابوسيفين
    • Tema, Sohag (Since 2010) .. جمعية البابا شنودة . طما.. قامت بأنشاء هوسبيس في اكتوبر 2019
    • Hadra, Alexandria (Since 2004) .. جمعية الروماني . الحضرة . اسكندرية
    • Tahta, Sohag (Since 2014) .. جمعية المسيح الشافي . طهطا  محافظة سوهاج
    • Gohena, Sohag (since 2014) .. جمعية المسيح الشافي . جهينة  محافظة سوهاج
    • Abu-Qorkas, Menya (Since 2015) .. جمعية القديسة أغاثا . ابوقرقاص محافظة المنيا
    • Tanta (Since 2006) .. مجموعة خدمة الدكتورة سهيرصليب
    • Bani-Mazar (Since 2018) .. مجموعة خدمة مدام ايمان يوسف
  5. Printing and distribution of brochures about common types of cancer & symptoms management and preparing a palliative care curriculum in Arabic

Archival Pictures

Frank Neal addressing a conference held at Institute of Medical Research. Alexandria
Anne Harriman answering questions in the first conference arranged by GCCE-UK in Egypt  2004

Nursing College Ain-Shams Jan 08                   Cancer Centre, Mansoura University Jan 07

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Jan 07: Council of Middle East Churches invited Dr Samira Iskander-Gabra to arrange a conference on palliative care for directors of Christian hospitals.This took place at the Papal Centre in presence of HH Pope Shenouda III who shared in the discussion and expressed interest in the issues raised

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27 October 2008:  : Meeting at Madinet Nasr arranged by GCCE-UK where HG Bishop Benjamin, DR Neil, Dr Nabil Isshak, and representatives of Ragaa Centres of Mansoura, Menya and Bani-Sweaf gave talks

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2006: A visit by British senior palliative nursing specialists, Alison Reitz and Lynne Potter in the early days of Embaba – Warrak Palliative Care Centre (Global Cancer Care Egypt Charity)

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Jan 2008 :  Faculty of Nurses, Ain-Shams University. Palliative Care Conf. Samira Iskander-Gabra & Lynne Potter, representing GCCE-UK

. جامعة عين شمس. مؤتمر الرعاية التلطيفية بالتعاون مع جلوبال مصر- انجلترا كلية التمريض يناير 2008. بالتنسيق مع أ.د.نادية سيف ورئاسة أ.د.حريصة الشيمي من الجامعة

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Jan 2008: A conference for professors and nurses of the oncology Department, High Institute of Medical Research, Alexandria

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Nov 2005   Shebein-al-Koam (Ezbet Henein). Ragaa Charities conf.

                                                       2005 مؤتمر جمعيات الرجاء بعزبة حنين . شبين الكوم. نوفمبر

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Charity امبابة – الوراق: جمعية جلوبال مصر لرعاية مرضى الأورام  2008

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Oct 2008:     Frank Neal speaking to the wife of a brain tumour patient, Nurse Nawal sharing the conversation. Two more nurses appearing in the background. Romany Day Room, Alexandria