On Dr. Rasha Roshdy’s Facebook page, there is always a lively discussion amongst her 40,000 followers. The page focuses on family and relationships and how Arab readers can live better lives. Recently, some of Dr. Roshdy’s followers reached out to her and asked if there was any way she could help support a few of the medical clinics in rural villages that were running short on supplies for their patients. Two villages were recommended: Abu Hammad in the governorate of Sharqia in Lower Egypt north of Cairo, and Faiyum in the governorate of Faiyum, located in Upper Egypt, southwest of Cairo.
Both villages are fairly isolated and each one is about 1.5 hours away from Cairo. Dr. Roshdy has witnessed the disastrous effects of income inequality and desperate living conditions of these people.
Many of them suffer from Hepatitis C due to the foul water and inadequate living conditions. The clinics are chronically short of basic medical necessities, such as bandages, needles, vaccines, and equipment. Gauze is desperately needed. One doctor told his patients to bring old clothes to cover their wounds in place of gauze. Often, people with serious illnesses are sent to larger cities, making the journey more difficult due to a lack of transportation.
Fortunately, Dr. Roshdy has partnered with Laura Luxemburg, founder of SSUBI, a charitable organization located on the Coleman campus that provides poor and challenged small villages in Africa with medical supplies. When she explained the needs of the clinics in Egypt, Luxemburg immediately stepped in to help and Coleman students will assist in packing the items for shipment. Dr. Roshdy also started a GoFundMe drive to raise money to pay for the cost of shipping these items, approximately $3,000, which she plans to distribute in Abu Hammad and Faiyum when she visits Egypt in December.
For more information about Dr. Roshdy’s GoFundMe campaign, visit https://www.gofundme.com/medical-supplies-to-rural-clinic?ssid=825418310&pos=3.