Magrabi Foundation

The Magrabi Foundation was launched in 1992 by the founder of the Magrabi Medical Group, Dr Akef El-Maghraby, to offer affordable, accessible and acceptable eye healthcare to people in Egypt. To-date, the foundation has examined more than 700,000 individuals across Egypt's 27 governorates, distributed over 100,000 eye glasses, operated over 42,000 surgeries and opened seven satellite clinics. The foundation partners with leading hospitals, research institutions, universities, international organisations, government entities and NGOs to enhance eye healthcare in Egypt and build capacities for the future. While their main operations are currently in Egypt, the foundation has also developed overseas partnerships and in 2016 opened the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in 2016 to provide high-quality eye care services and training, to raise eye care capacities in Cameroon.

  • Organisation type Corporate foundation
  • Year founded 1992
  • Headquartered Cairo
  • Registration Egypt
  • Website

Related sustainable development goals

  • Good Health and Well-Being

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Health
    • Diseases and conditions
      • Eye diseases
    • Out-patient care
      • Preventive care
      • Health care clinics
      • Urgent care
      • Vision care
    • Public health
      • Epidemiology
    • Healthcare access
    • Medical specialities
      • Ophthalmology
    • Health care quality

Focus populations

  • Older adults
  • Seniors
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • North Africa
    • Egypt


  • Affordable eyeglasses
    The Magrabi Foundation provides thousands of affordable eyeglasses annually through its outreach programs, satellite clinics, and from inside its hospital.
  • Equitable hospital services
    The foundation provides equitable access to quality eye healthcare for everyone regardless of background, by collaborating with top ranked hospitals and organisations.
  • Outreach
    The foundation conducts outreach visits to underprivileged areas all around Egypt, sending specialised teams of healthcare professionals to perform eye examinations in low-income populations and prescribe spectacles and treatments where required.
  • Satellite Clinics
    Foundation staff offer eye screening via mobile clinics.
  • School eye health programme
    Foundation staff visit public primary schools to deliver eye screening.
  • Visual rehabilitation services
    The Magrabi Foundation collaborates with other organisations to provide people with visual impairments products and services that improve their capabilities and expand their opportunities. This includes producing and printing educational books and magazine in Braille.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • In-kind gifts
  • Pro bono services
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • Magrabi Medical Group


Key staff

  • executive director, Mohammad Shalaby

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