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Anissa Hassouna Passes Away Aged 69 After Long Battle With Cancer

March 13, 2022
Anissa Hassouna (Image Credits: Official Facebook Page)

  Egypt mourns the passing of Anissa Hassouna, a former member of Parliament and Executive Director at the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation. Hassouna died after a battle with cancer on 13 March at the age of 69. Hassouna was a graduate of Political Science and Economics from Cairo University. After spending the beginning of her career working in Misr-Iran Development Bank, she joined the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation as their executive director. During her time at the foundation, Hassouna facilitated its establishment as the leading medical foundation for cardiac treatment in Egypt all while providing free of charge medical services. Her success and impact during her post landed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women by Arabian Business Magazine. By 2016, Hassouna was appointed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to a newly-formed Egyptian Parliament. As a member of Parliament, Hassouna played a significant role in advocating for human rights laws. She raised concerns regarding women’s rights and opportunities, children’s rights, and environmental law. ً When advocating for free playgrounds for children, she stated “I want children to be happy. I have made a request to parliament to…

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