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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, affirmed that the UAE, through Noor Dubai has treated 18 million people from trachoma, which is a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) causing blindness.
Sheikh Mohammed added: “In addition, we distributed 87 million doses to prevent the disease, besides 350,000 medical operations performed for the blind, and training 50,000 of the health professionals. Nothing whatsoever will hinder or stop the march of the UAE for the good of all humanity around the globe.”
On the occasion of the World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, stressed that the UAE will continue to work with partners to provide support to those affected by the neglected tropical diseases around the world.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed that development and peace cannot be globally achieved without an effective response to disease, especially in poor societies.
Mohamed Bin Zayed tweeted: “On the International Day of Neglected Tropical Diseases, we remember those around the globe who are facing the dangers of these diseases and are affected by them, and those who are in need for support and help. The UAE will continue working with partners to provide this support.”
On January 30, global civil society advocates, community leaders, global health experts, and policymakers will unite to mark the second annual World NTD Day.
Created to galvanise the global health community and engage the general public in the urgent effort to end neglected tropical diseases, World NTD Day will bring together more than 300 partner organisations from 55 countries working across the diverse global health landscape to end NTDs.
It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the seriousness of the disease after it was detected in a number of countries, and the organisation called for a strong tracing of contacts of the infected cases.
The company's initiative came in response to the announcement on UAE’s readiness to support the international community by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
Around Dhs250,000 was raised by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) employees as part of Noor Dubai Foundation’s “Tolerance in Treatment Campaign”, which aims to provide treatment to people who suffer from preventable visual impartment.
The deployment of the team, the first of its kind in the world to be in Derna following the natural disaster that hit the country recently, comes as part of the UAE's efforts to aid Libya in dealing with the aftermath of the floods caused by the heavy rains, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries.
UAE Minister Sultan Al Jaber calls on the world to be 'brave and bold' and get 'back on track' to meet its climate ambitions, reaffirming the founding principles of UN and to think 'beyond borders, beyond politics.'
Chairperson of Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, welcomed inspiring women from around the world to The Women in Tech Forum and The Women in Tech Awards held at the SRTI Park ..
This came during a press conference held at the IACAD's headquarters in the presence of Dr. Hamad Bin Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of IACAD, Mohammed Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, Executive Director of the Mosques Affairs, Dr. Omar Mohammed Al Khatib, Executive Director of the Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansouri, Advisor for Cultural Communication, and Mohammed Musabah Dahi, Executive Director of the Charitable Work, along with directors of departments.