The pediatric population under 19 years of age constitutes 40% of the Egyptian Population. According to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and, End Results Program of the US based National Cancer Institute, the Pediatric Population diagnosed with cancer in Egypt is approximately 12.8 per100,000 (2012), with an annual growth rate estimated at 1.3%. Private hospitals attend only to as low as 2% of cancer patients, with an estimated treatment cost of between 20 to30 thousand US dollars.
At least 16.7 million children live in poverty in Egypt, reported the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).The study found that as of 2013, a total of 52.2 percent of children in Egypt are living in poverty, with 28.8 percent (9.2 million) living in extreme poverty.
It is clear in light of the above, why Hospital 57357 with its provision of free high quality care and cure, is considered the safe haven for children with cancer and their families and their ultimate choice destination.
Meanwhile, as a result of Hospital 57357’s improved survival rates ( presently average over-all survival rate is 74.7% which is nearly comparable with Western results (80-85%), its patient base is increasing which means more patients are being followed up and treated for a longer time making the need for expansion an urgency as clinical and support spaces are stretched to capacity.
Given the existing lack of specialized facilities in the region, in addition to the increasing rate of pediatric cancer incidence, 57357 set out to meet the growing demand for high quality healthcare services not only in Egypt but across the region as well.
- This strategic goal was translated into four main objectives:
- Enhanced research & development capabilities
- Improved caliber of healthcare professionals
- Increased hospital capacity
- Enriched supportive services for the patients & accompanying families
As such, the 57357 Institution embarked on a number of expansion projects for the short and long run to ultimately turn the actual Hospital into a Health Sciences Campus, which will have the particularity of being a LEED green energy saving complex.
For the short run, the launching of a 60-bed extension within the actual hospital building has been carried out and was operational by the end of November 2014. A 60-bed unit in Tanta governorate in the Delta region was also launched in January 2015.
For the long run, RTKL, the renowned global architectural firm has already delivered the schematic and core concept design for 57357’s capacity and program expansion project, the Health Sciences Campus. The project is adding 5 new buildings to the actual Hospital premises.
Currently RTKL is finalizing the detailed design of some of the Campus buildings which are expected all to be completed by 2022. RTKL was responsible for developing a unique patient and family centered design according to best practice for a pediatric oncology facility and was deeply committed to creating a sustainable fully integrated design between the original building and the new one that will be the first green, energy and waste management efficient hospital in Egypt and the region.
Construction of 57357’s expansion project was formally launched during Ramadan of 2016 in the presence of Ghada Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity. Arabian Construction Co. (ACC) as Contractor and Shaker Consultancy group as local consultant prepared for site mobilization of phase 1 of the new Campus including a new expanded outpatient facility and an administrative “smart building”. The two firms were part of the dream Team that built Hospital 57357. The new Campus is to include, besides the aforementioned buildings, a Healthcare Sciences Academy, a 300-bed in-patient tower and a proton therapy installation. It is expected that the new Campus will double 57357”s present capacity, enabling it to accept 80 to 90% of annual pediatric cancer cases in Egypt.
Construction of the Campus will be phased out with a plan that does not disrupt the operation of the existing facility.
- The Outpatient / Day- care/ Triage/ Radiotherapy/ proton therapy building designed to cater to an average of 1200 patients daily and house the latest technology. On site, ground and sub-structure works have already started and are expected to last for 2 years. The whole building is expected to be operational in another 2 years and a half. This outpatient center will allow the Hospital to offer cutting-edge treatment such as cyber knife technology and proton therapy.
- The Foundation/ administration/ temporary academy /Research /smart structure facility. This “smart building” will house educational conference space, a state of the art IT hub and expanded quality management services.
- A proton therapy building, adjacent to the Out-patient Center to house an advanced radiotherapy equipment (proton therapy) which will produce minimal side effects, have a higher degree of tumor ablation, and will be available for adult patients, generating revenue for the hospital. Negotiations for signing the final agreement with worldwide leader IBA, Belgium in proton therapy for the acquisition of the equipment and its installation works have been successfully completed.
A Healthcare Sciences Academy building: The CCHF 57357 Healthcare Sciences Academy will be available for Egypt and all countries in the region to breed a new generation of healthcare professionals who will raise the standard of healthcare delivery and would be trained to become not just experts but change agents in their own communities. In association with international partners, the Academy offers world class accredited academic and training medical and nonmedical programs in Pediatric Oncology, Clinical Pharmacy, Intensive Care, Nursing, Health IT, Medical Secretary, Child Life Specialist, Housekeeping, Inventory management, CPR, and many others.
Presently, the decision is reached of going ahead with the construction of the Health Sciences Academy as soon as possible due to the vital role it plays in creating a new pool of qualified healthcare workers for which Egypt, the MENA region, and Africa is in dire need. This decision is warranted as we have already started several training programs including the Joint 57357/Dana Farber Boston Children’s pediatric oncology fellowship and have been blessed with a generous donation from the Emirates destined to this specific project. Moreover, the health Sciences Academy is designed to be an important source of revenue for the Hospital. Ninety percent of the detailed design of the academy is completed. The tender for the start of construction will be released in Q1 2017.
A 300-bed Hepa-filtered in-patient tower, which will include besides the existing hospital, two other extensions joined through bridges. This will enable the hospital to accept up to 80-90% of annual childhood cancer cases in Egypt. 65% of the detailed design of this phase has been accomplished.
The campus will be designed with patient and family amenities throughout such as resource centers, child activity rooms, gardens and play areas. A decision was reached to depend on a co-generation system for energy, producing our needs of electricity from gas while retaining the option of getting our supply of electricity from the government in case of gas non-availability.
- Two other components of the long-term expansion project will be located outside the Campus but in its vicinity:
- A guesthouse: that will provide a residential place for patients with families living outside Cairo in faraway provinces and who cannot afford hotel stay.
- A Hospice care facility: designed for terminally ill patients, pain management in addition to psychological & spiritual care.