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1 million children every year are born with a congenital heart defect – yet 75% of them, mostly in developing countries, will not have the care they need to survive and thrive into adulthood.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation is helping to change their stories, and we invite you to join us.

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.

We support the Aswan Heart Centre in Egypt – in the city of Aswan, the historic gateway to Africa – to deliver a proven model of health transformation with global impact, based upon three pillars:

Offering state-of-the-art, free-of-charge Medical Care to all patients in need, with a special focus on children.

Advancing Research & Innovation to promote biomedical research and scientific knowledge in Egypt and the region.

Training & Apprenticeship for the next generation of doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers, and technicians from the Middle East and Africa.

Our Story

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation was created in 2014 to support the Aswan Heart Centre, founded and led by globally-renowned cardiac surgeon Prof. Sir Magdi Yacoub in 2009 as a center of medical excellence that offers free medical services to all patients. From his example, a greater movement has emerged – to push the bounds of innovative care and utilize expertise and skill to serve others.

surgical and cardiac procedures performed annually
cost to patients and families
$ 25
students and 80 fellows trained annually

Make an Impact

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. Aswan is the historic gateway from Egypt and the Middle East to Africa, positioning us as an international Center of Medical Excellence in the regions of greatest need.

In addition, we are acutely aware of the cost saving benefits of working in Egypt. In 2018, 1 Egyptian Pound is roughly equivalent to 50 U.S. cents – allowing a single dollar to stretch for incredible impact.

For a fraction of the cost of care in developed countries, your gift to The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation saves lives. And, with success and survival rates that rival or even surpass leading U.S. and European institutions, you can be confident in your investment in our dedicated teams.

Medical Care

Care should not be denied because a person cannot afford it. We offer free basic health and cardiac care to all, with a special focus on children, at the highest international standards.

Research and Discovery

Through research programs looking at everything from genetics to precision medicine, our teams and international partners push the boundaries of medical innovation.

Training and Apprenticeship

Through comprehensive training programs for surgeons from around the world, we are building cardiac capacity globally for the future of excellence in care.

Donate Today

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.