Ideas Lab Research and Articles


Participatory study on citizens behaviors and the use of public spaces in the light of the COVID19 pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shamseya conducted this study to investigate the response to and level of worry of the community about the virus. This research also investigates the infection control measures taken by public spaces to limit transmission. We also present a brief reflection about the curfew measures […]


Health Cooperatives

Forming strategically-oriented communities has led to people addressing some of the challenges they face, such as scarcity of medical services. The clustering of people can enable the creation of entire healthcare systems when supported by some expert technical and logistical expertise and guidance. By “communities” we refer to any groups […]


Blueprint of a Participatory Healthcare System

At Shamseya we are seeking the gradual implementation of a deep, community-rooted, dynamic system that accounts for the scarce resources and available infrastructure, is custom-designed and managed by communities, possesses the flexibility to adapt to each communities’ preferences and needs, insures choice of providers, guarantees work sustainability, pushes towards accountability […]


Social Re-insurance

Sometimes, the risks that an insurance (or micro-insurance) scheme has to deal with become too large to be assumed through one entity. In addition, if micro-insurance schemes group people with different income levels and risk profiles under one pool, it is expected that there will be different micro-insurance units with […]


Community Micro-insurance

Micro-insurance schemes are programs and institutions that adapt traditional insurance mechanisms (pre-payment, risk-pooling and coverage guarantees) to the informal sector, providing services to beneficiaries that are commonly excluded from formal insurance. E. Morelli, G.A. Onnis, W.L. Ammann, C. Sutter (Eds), Micro insurance – An Innovative tool for risk and disaster […]


The situation of the Right to Health in Egypt

In Egypt, health services are delivered by a multitude of public service providers (the ministry of Health (MOH), ministries of Higher Education, Defense, the Interior, etc.), the Health Insurance Organization (HIO), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and an expanding network of private practitioners and medical facilities. Even though presence of multiple providers […]


Vision of a participatory healthcare system

In the Arab Republic of Egypt, the role of the government in guaranteeing the respect, protection and fulfillment of the right to health for all citizens has been underlined in the constitution, where it is announced to be a fundamental right. There has been, however, no realization of the right […]


Rotating Savings and Credits Associations “ROSCAs”

Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs) are grass-root micro-finance initiatives that are created within communities of families, friends, co-workers or neighbours, to share common resources in order to address the specific timely financial needs of its members. Run on a volunteer, collective base, members of these associations do not sign […]


On healthcare dreams coming true – The example of Rwanda

Photo credit: William Campbell/Corbis   Among the first things that come to mind when thinking of Rwanda is probably the 1994 genocide that destroyed much of the country’s socio-economic and health infrastructures, the scarce resources and overall intense poverty. It is one of the Sub-Saharan African countries that are rarely mentioned, […]


On the global problem of antibiotic resistance – who is stepping forward?

Most of us are probably alive and kicking thanks to the discovery and subsequent introduction of antibiotics in the early 20th century. They notably improved the clinical management of infectious diseases, which were previously untreatable or even fatal, winning them a reputation for being “miracle drugs”. Unfortunately, their ability to […]


“ Free ” healthcare

Political programs and strong resonating promises of politicians in Egypt repeatedly talk about “Free healthcare as a right”. Aside from the poetic impracticality of such promises in a country where three quarters of the total healthcare expenditures are out-of-pocket household expenditures, the question we ask is: “Is Free healthcare” a notion […]