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Iman Ghabbour and Amr Nesharty Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic

May 15, 2014

One day  a group of pediatric oncologists at the NCI had 13 young children die on their ward. This was in the early 80’s when the survival rate for cancer was around 65-70% in the developed world while in Egypt  communicable  diseases were coming under control and we were just starting to concentrate on the life threatening diseases such as cancer . These dedicated devastated physicians vowed that they would change this hopelessness and would achieve the results of the West for their children with cancer. Over the next 10 years, compassionate and generous donors who believed that change was necessary helped these physicians to create a flourishing pediatric oncology program at the NCI. This program transformed a 1 room ward of 8 beds and a tiny outpatient clinic to a 120 bed  department

Iman Ghabbour and Amr Nesharty Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic

This clinic was opened on August, 1996 after 2 years of planning and construction. The funding of the renovations came entirely from external sources. The clinic was named after  two major contributors , the Ghabbour family in memory of their beloved Iman ghabour who lost her battle against cancer in her thirties and the Nesharty family in honor of their renowned businessman, Amr Nesharty.  It  was  approximately20 times larger than the previous setting . The cheery interior was designed to be appealing and uplifting to children and has proved to be for adults as well. It serviced free, insurance, and private pediatric oncology patients and sees approximately 150-175 patients 6 days a week. The new clinic featured:

-8 examination rooms

-Three room laboratory performing blood profiles for all in and out patients of the pediatric department

-Clinical pharmacy dispensing medications

-Treatment area administering outpatient chemotherapy, blood transfusions, dressing and wound care, emergency treatment, and post anaesthesia recovery

-A minor procedure room that has anaesthesia support where a variety of minor procedures can be performed for diagnosis and treatment

The clinic was staffed by a team of physicians, nurses, clinical pharmacists, laboratory technologists, social workers, secretaries, and cleaning staff who work together with the family to provide the highest quality of care for the child with cancer

The goal of the pediatric oncology outpatient department was clearly defined: to provide state of the art, family centered care utilizing a multi-disciplinary team approach to improve survival rates for the pediatric oncology patient in Egypt.

In their constant pursuit of excellence in the new pediatric oncology outpatient clinic, they were striving to respond to all aspects of pediatric cancer care in the areas of:

-Clinical research

-Development and implementation of clinical trials

-Clinical pharmacy services

-nursing

-Laboratory services

-Psychosocial needs of the patient and family

-Patient education

-Statistics and data management

-Pain management

-Palliative care

-development of job descriptions

-Staff training and development

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