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Trauma and Burn Victims Treatment Program

Recovery from burns and traumatic injuries is a long, drawn-out and painful process that requires taking into account many physical, emotional and psychological issues. Serious burns often require lengthy stays in the Intensive Care Unit and several surgeries – often months or even years apart and entail extremely high medical expenses of up to hundreds of thousands of Pounds.

Things are made a lot more complicated due to the absence of adequate resources and specialised medical facilities to treat such cases in Egypt. It is this fact that has driven us day and night to provide hope to burn and trauma victims until the hospital’s construction is completed.

Things are made a lot more complicated due to the absence of adequate resources and specialised medical facilities to treat such cases in Egypt. It is this fact that has driven us day and night to provide hope to burn and trauma victims until the hospital’s construction is completed.

Medical Services offered to burn and trauma victims

  • Blood tests
  • Blood transfusion
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Surgical operations and reconstructive surgeries
  • Skin treatment and laser scar Therapy
  • Prostheses
  • Pharmacologic therapy
  • Physical, psychiatric and social rehabilitation

Physical, Social, and Psychological Rehabilitation Programs

Ahl Masr Foundation adopts a holistic approach to treating burn and trauma victims. The rehabilitation process incorporates physical, psychological and social aspects of care. Our aim is to help patients heal inside and out and to regain a good quality of life beyond their ordeal.

Statistics show that 18% of burn victims have a permanent disability, and 17% have a temporary disability, this is down to physical rehabilitation often being overlooked during the initial critical hours following injury. From the moment they begin treatment and parallel to medical care, we provide patients with physiotherapy sessions to maintain their full range of movement and maximize their functional ability.

Many people are aware that burns, in particular, are among the most painful, debilitating injuries a human can suffer. However, the psychological effects of burn injuries do not receive as much attention, even though the impacts on a victim’s health and well-being can be just as significant.

The hidden pain victims endure is emotionally devastating due to disfigurement, recalling horrific memories of the incident as well as, often devastating, social and family rejection. That is why the Ahl Masr Foundation focuses on providing psychiatric therapy and psychological counselling for burn victims, particularly women and children, to help them adjust to post-injury life by assisting them with reintegrating into society and promoting a sense of self-acceptance.

Our outreach campaigns cover local communities, with a special focus on schools where children with burn injuries may face emotional abuse from their peers, which invariably leads them to feel isolated and withdrawn, and may result in poor school performance, or even them dropping out altogether.

Trauma and Burn Victims Treatment Program

Ahl Masr Foundation organizes numerous medical convoys all over Egypt for the pre-emptive early diagnosis and prevention of a variety of illnesses and medical conditions; there’s great emphasis placed on the conditions that commonly affect children and their ability to lead a normal life.

Our convoys provide:

  • Examining eye diseases and sight problems
  • Performing blood tests for the early detection of diabetes and anemia
  • Providing medication
  • Providing prescription eyeglasses

Blood Donation Program

Blood transfusions and blood products are an essential, life-saving part of tending to critically ill patients, which only highlights the importance of blood product reserves.

Every two minutes someone, somewhere, needs blood. One donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. Blood and blood product transfusions are particularly vital for accident and burn injuries to address associated complications such as acute bleeding and deficiency of plasma proteins called clotting factors. In addition, it is also vital for patients suffering from haemolysis or severe iron-deficiency anaemia, or any one of a host of other serious diseases.

It is for these exact reasons that blood collection from voluntary donors is the cornerstone of a safe and sufficient blood supply. Ahl Masr Foundation strives to promote a culture of regular blood donation among all segments of Egyptian society. It may come as a surprise to you that regular blood donation is not only useful for recipients but also for the donors themselves. For example, it provides free donors with full blood analysis, helps reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

Burn Prevention and Awareness Program

Ahl Masr Foundation has been conducting burn prevention and awareness campaigns across Egypt with the driving principle of ‘Prevention is always better than cure’.

We have also developed an integrated system for fire prevention and control through organizing awareness workshops for children and adults. Our integrated system includes causes and risk factors associated with burns, as well as providing first aid training sessions, which are critical for doctors and nurses in rural health centres.

All African and Middle Eastern countries

  • Schools and universities across the region
  • Housewives in all governorates
  • Partnerships with government institutions (such as the cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Social Solidarity)
  • Companies and banks
  • Social media networks (in collaboration with Egypt Telecom WE)

The Safe Village Program

A few years ago, the Ahmed Allam village in BeniSuef witnessed a roaring fire that engulfed entire houses and left a shocking trail of devastation and severe injuries to some of the residents. According to our field study, one of the main causes of the fire was the lack of security and safety measures in and around the village. In addition, our studies also found that there had been an overall lack of knowledge among the village's population about fire prevention and first aid.

Driven by our vision to greatly minimise, and hopefully abolish burn injuries entirely, Ahl Masr launched the Safe Village program in 2015, in collaboration with the Red Cross and the Civil Defence authority.

The Safe Village Program covers the following:

  • Renovating and replacing thatched hay roofs
  • Building secure, fire-proof roofs
  • Installing safe electrical wiring
  • Installing water supply pipes in homes, as well as a main water tap for the village so
  • that firemen can act accordingly
  • Training women in burn prevention and burn wounds
  • Educating people on safety and security measures to reduce fire risks
  • Providing households with first aid kits and fire extinguishers
  • Distributing informative brochures about burn first aid
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