Egypt approves licensing Cairo hospital as branch of prominent French cancer institute

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Mar 2024

Egypt’s cabinet gave initial approval Tuesday to a plan to turn the Dar El-Salam Cancer Centre in Cairo into the first international branch of the renowned French Gustave Roussy Institute of Oncology.

Dar El Salam Cancer Hospital "Harmel" in Cairo. Al-Ahram


The hospital will be known as the Gustave Roussy International Egypt.

The move is part of the government's plan to increase the level of medical services provided across the country, especially in government hospitals.

The renovation of the Cairo hospital will turn it into a world-class institution that is capable of taking on cancer with global efficiency and experience.

This will decrease the number of patients who have to travel abroad for treatment as well as promote medical tourism in Egypt.

Dar El-Salam Hospital

The Dar El-Salam Cancer Centre was established as a general hospital in the early 20th Century, making it one of Egypt’s oldest hospitals.

In 2017, the general hospital was converted into a cancer-specialized hospital. 

Since 2019, the hospital has been a major part of the presidential initiative for women's health, providing breast examinations for 18,000 women that year alone. 

Last year, the hospital’s director announced plans to establish a one-day diagnostic clinic, the first of its kind in Egypt, as part of its implementation of the agreement with the Gustave Roussy Institute.

France's Gustave Roussy Institute of Oncology, ranked the best in oncology in Europe, is recognized by Newsweek as one of the top five cancer institutes in the world in 2023.

In August, Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population and the Cairo-based Elevate Hospital Management signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gustave Roussy Institute to upgrade and raise the standards of Egyptian public hospitals.

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