Free eyes medical check-ups for more than 20 thousand students  in 17 governorates

The CIB Foundation continued its “6/6 Eye Exam Caravans” program, during the 2014-2015 academic year, providing free eye check-ups to public elementary-schools students across Egypt. During the period from September 2014 to April 2015, 36 caravans were implemented, providing nearly 18,000 students with free eyes exam and care in governorates including Port Said, Suez, Gharbiya, Dakahliya, Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef, Ismailia, Sohag, Qena and the Red Sea.

The “6/6 Eye Exam Caravans” program is part of the CIB Foundation’s efforts to enhance existing health services for underprivileged children. The caravans, implemented in collaboration with the Gozour Foundation for Development and Alnoor Magrabi Foundation, are designed to provide free eye exams, eyeglass frames and lenses, eye medication, in-depth eye exams and referrals at private hospitals for complex cases. Each caravan consists of a complete medical team of doctors and nurses from Alnoor Maghrabi Foundation, in addition to a fully equipped pharmacy and eyeglasses section. 

Passinte Isaak, General Secretary of the Gozour Foundation, said “the 6/6 caravans target under privileged children in underdeveloped areas that are lacking health care services. Our focal objective is to support children suffering from visual impairments and help them carry out their studies and improve their daily habits that can negatively affect their eyesight.”

The program has also witnessed the volunteer participation of over 200 CIB employees who believe in the rights of Egyptian children in deprived and underdeveloped areas to receive the care they deserve to lead the healthiest lives possible. CIB volunteers facilitate the caravans’ activities, such as organizing students’ check-ups process, participating in medical awareness campaigns and helping children fill in the check-up forms and understand the eye exam procedure. The volunteers also assisted in the Gozour Foundation’s health awareness campaign regarding personal hygiene, through a set of artistic activities that delivered health messages to students in an engaging and exciting manner. 

Nesma Farahat, CIB Foundation Manager, noted that the medical caravans have had a positive impact not only on the children, but also on all CIB employees who volunteered to support and contribute to the success of this campaign. “We often cannot find the time to participate in community service activities, but the 6/6 caravans offer bank employees the opportunity to give back to their community in a positive and beneficial way,” she added. 

Since the program’s establishment in 2012, the CIB Foundation has visited 45 schools in 17 governorates across Egypt, examining over 20,000 students. Through the process, over 4,000 students have been provided with prescription glasses, and over 3,000 have been provided with medication, completely free of charge. 

Between September 2015 and April 2016, the CIB Foundation will begin the sixth phase of the program, implementing 36 caravans and targeting another 18,000 students in 11 governorates. 

Established in 2010 as a non-profit organization registered under number 588 for the 2010 with the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity, the CIB Foundation is dedicated to enhancing health and nutritional services for under privileged children in Egypt. Through the allocation of 1.5% of CIB’s net annual profit, as well as contributions from CIB customers and employees, the Foundation makes valuable contributions in the area of child health and nutrition through various multi-faceted initiatives, including renovating and upgrading hospital infrastructure, purchasing medical equipment, and providing surgical and medicinal treatment to underprivileged children. 

The Gozour Foundation for Development is an Egyptian non-profit organization that aims at identifying practical and creative solutions for development-related problems, and build mechanisms to allow people and organizations to effectively use resources in improving standards of living, human and organizational capabilities, health, and environment that bring about a better future.

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