UAE world campaign to treat 1 million poor kids

The initiative will launch prevention and awareness programmes in villages.

Updated: Aug 26, 2010, 12:46 PM IST

Dubai: An organisation in UAE has recently launched an international humanitarian campaign to offer treatment to one million children around the world, including India and Pakistan.

The initiative, under the patronage of Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the General Women`s Union, will cover four core programmes in the curative, surgical, training and preventive fields to provide poor children across the world with better health care services.

The "Giving" campaign will launch prevention and awareness programmes in remote towns and villages of host countries, develop the professional skills of health staff, forge a non-profit partnership between government and non-government organisations and conduct humanitarian health studies.

The first phase of the campaign will cover Egypt, Bosnia, Pakistan, India, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Lebanon. It was launched by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler`s representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority, at the Arab Giving Forum and the third Abu Dhabi Social Responsibility Conference held in May.

Khadem Al Dere`i, team leader of the Emirates Global Humanitarian Mobile Hospital (Elaj), said the programme is the first of its kind.

"The humanitarian medical mission is a practical translation of Shaikh Hamdan`s directives," Al Dere`i said.