Tidbits of Arabic News translated into English

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cancer in Egypt

(February 4, 2014)

A new report by the United Nations warned of a tidal wave of cancer in the future. So the BBC Arabic did a feature on cancer in Egypt.

Recently, Egypt built a cancer treatment hospital, apparently funded entirely by donations. It is a very modern building:

BBC Arabic reporter presents the Egyptian cancer hospital

To get donations, they use sick children in the commercials, crying. The man in charge of the appeal was asked: do you think it is exploitative? 

He said no, they're only trying to raise money. 

However, the center can take only 30% of cancer patients. Everyone else ends up in very under-resourced local clinics where it sounds like the staff doesn't know how to deal with cancer. 

And this lady, who is in charge of the shiny, state-of-the-art hospital, says the lack of space for all is unfortunate. But they don't have room to take everyone:

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