Globally, more than 10 million children are born every year with a congenital heart defect – yet the vast majority of those children, mostly in developing countries, will not receive the care they need to survive and thrive into adulthood.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation is helping to change their stories.

We invite you to join us.

Established in 2009 by Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, the Aswan Heart Centre has been at the forefront of his effort to bring high-quality, state-of-the-art cardiac healthcare to the poorest, most underserved communities in Egypt and the surrounding regions.

At Aswan Heart Centre, and soon at the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre in Cairo, Dr. Magdi and his medical team work every day to help and heal those with heart defects, mostly children, providing these essential, life-saving services at no charge.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation supports the Aswan Heart Centre and the new Global Heart Centre-Cairo to achieve their tremendous global impact upon the landscapes of scientific research and medical training, and most importantly, the lives of our hospitals’ patients and their families:

mortality rate, indicating a quality of care on par with the best US and European hospitals
9.7 %
outpatient consultations in 2023, over half of which were for children
surgical procedures and catheterizations performed on patients in 2023
healthcare professionals trained in 2023
total patients seen and served at AHC to date

Together, we can bring greater hope to children and families by strengthening health systems to address the limited care currently available, with programs that provide:

Medical Care
Research & Innovation
Training & Apprenticeship

These programs translate to three essential pillars of the mission of the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation to SERVE, LEARN, and TEACH.

From our founding in 2014, our Foundation has supported the Aswan Heart Centre, founded and led by globally-renowned cardiac surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.  Supporting a Center of Excellence in a place where the barriers of care can be at their greatest is an essential element of our mission.

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We have been in and out so many hospitals, nothing like this. Other hospitals told us the cost would be 40,000 Egyptian Pounds, the cost here was the 10 Pounds used to mail application.  Every day here is provided for, did not need a single item from outside hospital.  From the day of my daughter first visit, we received the utmost of care and respect from everybody.”

-Mr. Aly Abelrahmam and his daughter Aliaa Aly

We are pleased to present several naming opportunities at the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center to honor our generous donors for your support of our mission

Explore the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center, currently under construction in Cairo Egypt.  This New, modern facility represents a landmark achievement in the medical history…A first for Egypt and the surrounding region.


The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation works to dramatically change the health outcomes of the most vulnerable, particularly children, by improving comprehensive, advanced cardiac care available to all people in need, free of charge.


Magdi Yacoub spent the early part of his life following his father, also a surgeon, around to different parts of Egypt – driven by the needs of different communities and requests from the government. 

Through the Aswan Heart Centre and future Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre in Cairo, we support improved comprehensive, advanced cardiac care that is available to all people in need, free of charge – dramatically changing the health outcomes of the most vulnerable, particularly children, in Egypt and the broader Middle East and Africa.

The successful integration of clinical care, research and training in a center of medical excellence in Egypt serves as an inspiration to others in resource-poor contexts of what can be possible for the future of global health. Every day, our teams provide a real-world example of the changing landscape of health through our commitment to:


the community by offering state-of-the-art, free-of-charge medical care to all patients, regardless of their color, religion, or gender.


through research and innovation through applied research to effect change in Egypt and beyond.


the next generation of young doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers, and technicians from the Middle East and Africa.

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Locating our operations in the area of greatest need is vital to our work and part of what makes The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation special. It also means that each dollar stretches further and farther in reaching children and families in need.

Please open your heart today to join us, recognizing the difference that you can make on the frontiers of knowledge, the future health of our world and the life of a child.

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