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Emirati Charity Works Authority bestows nearly Dh1 million on orphans in Nablus Palestinian
posted on 24/07/2014
NABLUS: The Emirati Charity Works Authority has bestowed nearly Dh1 million on orphans sponsored by the authority in Nablus, whose number has now risen to more than a thousand.
Ibrahim Rashid, Director of the Human Appeal International Office in the West Bank, said in a speech during a ceremony to hand over the donation in the presence of a number of senior officials that the Authority will remain with the Palestinian people in the light of their suffering of injustice.
He stressed that the humanitarian role of the Authority is to continuously help Palestinians to overcome the tragic events they are exposed to in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Authority is also keen to take care of orphans, with the proliferation of this category because of the successive events in Palestine.
Ibrahim Rashid added that The Emirati Charity Works Authority is considered to be the largest sponsor of Palestinian children and is caring for nearly 20,000 orphans. With the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Authority supplements this category with more support and assistance whereby approximately Dh2 million has been allocated to the sponsored orphans. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development celebrates 43rd Anniversary
posted on 24/07/2014
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the Abu Dhabi government-controlled leading provider of foreign development aid has reiterated U.A.E.'s continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries.
Marking its 43rd anniversary this month, the fund which was established on July 15, 1971 on the directive of the U.A.E.'s founder President, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in a report has said that ADFD is today one of the most prominent development aid providers in the world and a role model in providing financial aid to fight the cause of global poverty.
Towards this priority, ADFD offers soft loans and manages government grants to projects that play a key role in shaping the growth of these countries. In addition, it also makes long-term investments and direct contributions that stimulate the private sector in the recipient countries and plays an essential role in accelerating economic growth.
ADFD's funding strategy focuses on sectors that are vital for both economic and social development such as agriculture, electricity, water, transportation, industry, renewable energy, as well as social, health and housing services.
Over the years, the fund has consistently responded to the changing directions of global development aid by increasing its capital from Dh8 billion to Dh16 billion, and lately by developing its five-year strategy (2012 - 2016).
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director- General of ADFD, said that "On the occasion of ADFD's 43rd anniversary, we would like to record our appreciation and gratitude to late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who established this fund out of his deep conviction that it is the duty of the U.A.E. to lend a helping hand to friendly countries, and contribute to the economic development and improved living standards of those countries." Al Suwaidi added that the fund has become a pioneering example in the field of development aid. Starting with a capital of Dh500 million in 1971, the total value of the grants managed and loans provided by the fund by the end of the second quarter of 2014 reached Dh61 billion including Dh27.7 billion short and long-term loans, and Dh41 billion provided as government grants.
The Fund has so far financed 416 development projects in 69 countries around the world, reflecting its continuing commitment in playing an effective role in alleviating poverty in developing countries, and setting them on a development path.
Among the major projects managed by ADFD are Ma'rib Dam in Yemen, which was financed by a government grant in 1986 and is considered one of the largest projects in Yemen. Other projects include Egypt's Sheikh Zayed City, a housing projects funded with Dh735 million government grant, Sheikh Zayed Canal built using an Dh348 million grant, and the Tangier Port in Morocco financed with Dh367 million. On a global scale, the Fund has contributed to the financing and managing of several projects in sectors including water and electricity, road and transportation, education and health in Arab, Asian and African countries.
In the Arab world, ADFD has provided more than Dh54 billion to finance projects in Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoros Islands.
In Asia, ADFD has financed projects worth Dh3.691 billion in Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mongolia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Maldives.
Additionally, it has provided around Dh2.73 billion to fund projects in Africa that have widely benefitted countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, Gambia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Tanzania, Lesotho, Senegal, Uganda, Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Cape Verde. Elsewhere, the Fund has provided Dh1.2 billion to finance development projects in countries such as Turkey, Malta, Albania and Montenegro, among others.
In 2009, ADFD signed a partnership agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to provide soft loans worth Dh1.28 billion to finance renewable energy projects in developing countries, across a seven year period (Dh183 million a year).
In 2013, the U.A.E. Government provided three development grants within two GGC programmes to support development in Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain, estimated at a total value of US$19 billion. Of this Dh9.19 billion has been allocated to Bahrain and Dh4.6 billion to Jordan and Morocco towards developing vital growth projects in these countries.
In 2013, the fund continued its support for developing countries by providing loans to finance projects in Mauritania, Albania, Bangladesh and Kenya. In the first half of 2014, ADFD signed a number of financing agreements with countries including Gambia, Senegal, Zambia, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Mauritania to provide development aid totalling over Dh534 million.
The projects financed by ADFD undergo intensive technical and economic assessment to ensure their viability in stimulating sustainable economic development in the beneficiary countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
Lubna Al Qasimi chairs first meeting of National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid
posted on 23/07/2014
The National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid held its first meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and head of the committee.
The committee discussed its action plans and reviewed contributions of the U.A.E. on humanitarian front especially its response to crises and humanitarian disasters.
Sheikh Lubna speaking on the occasion said that the directives of the U.A.E.'s wise leadership represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on advancing the contributions of the U.A.E. in terms of humanitarian action have provided a stimulus for the members of the committee to continue further efforts in order to maintain the achievements made by the State to respond to humanitarian crises.
The meeting reviewed many topics on the agenda particularly committee's specifications which represents the application of the vision and policy of the U.A.E. to respond to humanitarian crises in coordination with the relevant authorities.
The committee will also propose a media plan in coordination with the National Media Council, and will refer reports periodically to the cabinet about the humanitarian response of the U.A.E.
The meeting also discussed U.A.E.'s contributions in a number of humanitarian issues and crises, in particular its aid to the displaced Syrian people and its efforts in providing support to Palestinians in Gaza Strip.
The meeting was attended by a number senior officials from the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268022842.html
Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment carrying out 38 Ramadan humanitarian projects in 35 countries
posted on 22/07/2014
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, on directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is carrying 38 humanitarian projects in the U.A.E. and overseas to help the needy during the Holy Month of Ramadan, announced Ibrahim Bu Malha, Advisor to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, on Monday.
At a total value of more than Dh38.5 million, the establishment's Ramadan projects include the distribution of Zakat money, or alms, food rations and other aid in 35 countries in cooperation with their local charities and agencies, said Bu Malha, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, in a press briefing at the establishment's head office.
More than 27,000 families benefited from the Establishment's projects in the targeted countries which include 14 countries in Asia and 16 in Africa, in addition to U.S.A., Canada and Haiti.
In his remarks at the conference, the official commended U.A.E. Water Aid campaign, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the first day of Ramadan, to raise donations for providing five million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water through digging wells, providing water pumps and water purification equipment.
Bu Malha also noted that U.A.E. has marked Zayed Humanitarian Day and the 10th death anniversary of the nation's Founding Father and leading philanthropist, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on 19 Ramadan which corresponds to 17 July. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
Fashion exhibition supports water aid initiative
posted on 22/07/2014
Emirati designers have come together once again to host a charity fashion exhibition for a cause. The four-day ‘Designs for hope' exhibition, which was held at Dubai Ladies Club on July 15, raised Dh500,000 in support of the U.A.E. Water Aid initiative (U.A.E. Suqia).
The initiative was recently launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of providing five million people in developing countries with improved access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
In its second edition, the exhibition featured collections from 16 Emirati fashion labels, where each designer donated several pieces that were sold for Dh1,000 regardless of their original value. All proceeds from the event will be given to the water aid initiative.
Last year's fashion exhibition raised Dh300,000 to help prevent and cure blindness for patients across the world from the sale of more than 300 abayas, jalabiyas and kaftans.
"The timing of the launch of this campaign has come at a crucial moment in the timeline of this cause. Currently, millions of people around the world are suffering from preventable misfortunes such as famine and drought, in third world nations,” said Mona Al Merri, Chairperson of Dubai Women Establishment and Vice-President of Dubai Ladies Club.
Designer Mariam Al Medfaei, who donated 20 items from her fashion store 1001 Abayas, told Gulf News that she is one of many designers who are keen about being involved in community service and charity events. Mariam, who is taking part in the exhibition for the second time, pointed out the huge impact of Shaikh Mohammad's charity initiatives and the importance of the community's support.
The U.A.E. Water Aid campaign has already received Dh140 million in donations, exceeding its Dh125 million target ahead of schedule. The campaign aimed to provide clean drinking water to five million people across 60 countries, and achieved 112 per cent of its target on the 17th day of its launch. Figures by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that more than 3.4 million die every year due to thirst and diseases caused by unclean water. The funds raised will help provide clean drinking water to 5.6 million people around the world. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/fashion-exhibition-supports-water-aid-initiative-1.1362470
Lubna Al Qasimi hails U.A.E. humanitarian international status
posted on 19/07/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has commended the U.A.E. humanitarian record chalked out by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
She added that the active role played by U.A.E. in all the humanitarian and development fields worldwide earned the country a prestigious global status.
Sheikha Lubna underscored that the MICAD, donor agencies and strategic partners of the Ministry look forward to the humanitarian philosophy and spirit of giving demonstrated by the U.A.E. leadership.
The U.A.E. minister was speaking at the inauguration of second Ramadan Gathering of the Strategic Partners of MICAD, held in Abu Dhabi in the presence of directors and representatives of the U.A.E. donor agencies, humanitarian and charity bodies.
Sheikha Lubna said the MICAD has been stepping up joint and fruitful cooperation efforts with the strategic partners to build a constructive partnership model to sustain the U.A.E. humanitarian method and record as well.
She noted that the dream has become true as the U.A.E. was ranked world's top donor in terms of humanitarian and development aid compared to its national income in accordance to the initial data of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
Sheikha Lubna said that these days the U.A.E. observes the legacy of international humanitarian figure, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the U.A.E.. She seized the opportunity to greet the U.A.E. President and Vice President, Supreme Council Members, Their Highnesses Rulers of Emirates, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, on the occasion.
She also thanked H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, for their follow up of the humanitarian efforts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267886246.html
U.A.E. grants Dh 44 million for victims of Syrian crisis
posted on 18/07/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has said that the under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. has attained a reputable status as one of the world's largest donors of developmental assistance, especially in terms of its growing contributions and support for refugee crisis around the world, best demonstrated in the U.A.E.'s commitments towards brotherly Syrian refugees.
Sheikha Lubna's statement came as she attended yesterday the signing ceremony of three agreements whereby U.A.E. has granted Dh 18.4 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to help refugees in Al Zaatari and Al Azraq Refugee Camps in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The U.A.E. will also grant the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Dh 25.7 million to provide feeding and health care programmes for children below 5 years of age, pregnant and breast feeding women inside Syria.
Addressing a press conference on the occasion she said that this amount is part of the value of the second commitment announced by the U.A.E. during the Kuwait Second International Pledging Conference for Syria early 2014. The overall pledge was Dh 220 million. "Directives from the U.A.E.'s wise leadership were issued to allocate the whole amount for the Syrian refugees to alleviate the suffering of our brotherly Syrians and as a response to the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) for the benefit of people inside Syria and the UN Syria Regional Response Plan for Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries through the UN organisations and humanitarian programmes," she explained.
Sheikha Lubna extended utmost appreciation to Sheikh Khalifa, for his continuous directives to allocate maximum assistance to support Syrian people in their time of crisis. She also expressed appreciation for the similar directives of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the support and follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces as well as the close supervision of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Under the two agreements signed with the UNHCR, the U.A.E. will provide Dh 7.3 million for the improvement of health care services in both Al Zaatari and Al Azraq Syrian refugee camps. Another Dh 11 million will be spent on the provision of water supplies and sanitation in Al Zaatari Camp.
According to the third agreement with the UNICEF, the U.A.E. will provide Dh 15.7 million to feed children less than 5 years of age as well as pregnant and breast feeding women inside Syria.
She told that around 115,000 victims will benefit from the U.A.E.'s new assistance, including 58,000 children and 30,000 women.
The three agreements were signed by Hazza Mohamed Al Qahtani, Ministry of International Cooperation And Development Under-Secretary and Mr. Rida Omran, UNHCR regional representative to the GCC, and Dr. Ibrahim El-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rida Omran said, "As the Syrian crisis continues without any solution in the horizon, we have to continue to do everything we can do. Signing these two agreements with MICAD today and the generous assistance given by the U.A.E. represent a constructive cooperative approach by our partners to ensure maximum effect and difference. The UNHCR highly appreciates the existing partnership with the U.A.E. and MICAD in particular.
For his part, Dr. Ibrahim El-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative indicated that reports coming from Syrian doctors and from neighbouring countries show an increase in the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition and seeking treatment. This, he said, is a great source of concern as malnutrition is the reason behind so many cases of child mortality.
"We are very grateful for the generous support of the U.A.E. government under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is no wonder that the U.A.E. has achieved the first position as the world's largest donor country. This latest support will enable UNICEF to ensure that malnourished children receive proper care in a functioning health facility and continuously screen children for malnutrition to help in early intervention and monitoring which will save thousands of children's lives," he said. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267845568.html
Sheikha Fatima offers 60 million sterling pounds gift to set up world’s first centre for research into rare diseases in children
posted on 17/07/2014
Plans to open the world's first centre dedicated to paediatric research into rare diseases at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), one of the world's leading paediatric hospitals, are to become a reality thanks to a 60 million sterling pounds gift from H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the United Arab Emirates, as well as Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood.
The gift is a gesture of gratitude to GOSH for the care the hospital has provided to sick children from around the world, including more than 750 children from the United Arab Emirates who have been patients at GOSH over the past four years alone. These patients are among the 220,000 visits that GOSH has every year, treating children from more than 95 countries worldwide.
In keeping with the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had a profound and active interest in global issues affecting the wellbeing of children, the gift is also in recognition of GOSH's ability to lead ground-breaking research, and discover more effective treatments and cures for children with rare diseases from around the world.
The centre is a partnership between GOSH, University College London (UCL) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. The building, whose site is adjacent to the hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health, is set to bring hundreds of clinicians and researchers together where they will see patients and access state-of-the-art laboratory facilities under one roof.
Rare diseases represent a considerable health burden globally as taken together they affect one in 17 people at some stage of their lives. They are particularly prevalent in children and nearly one third of the children affected will die before their fifth birthday. GOSH and UCL are uniquely placed to translate ground breaking research into better treatments and cures as together they have more dedicated paediatric researchers into rare disease and see more children with rare diseases than anywhere else in the world.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak said, "The most important work that we can undertake as a global society is to improve the health of future generations so that communities can thrive and grow. To reach this goal, we must form collaborative partnerships that have the potential to benefit all children. We are honoured to support the mission and work of Great Ormond Street Hospital." Baroness Blackstone, chair of Great Ormond Street Hospital said, "This gift is truly transformative and we are incredibly grateful. There is an urgent and compelling case to use our expertise and harness the recent advances in science and technology to accelerate the discovery of new treatments and cures in this area.
This facility will be a centre of excellence for translational research and a beacon of hope for children with rare diseases around the world." Professor Michael Arthur, University College London President and Provost, said, "In recent years GOSH and UCL have achieved some amazing breakthroughs in the treatment of rare diseases and it is without question the partnership between academic science and clinical medicine that has made the progress possible.
"This state-of-the-art centre will enable a step change in research. In particular it will drive our experts to progress new and personalised ways of to diagnose and treat these children by further developing gene and cell therapies and manufacturing increasingly complex medical devices." Representing H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Professor Maha Barakat will visit Great Ormond Street Hospital to mark the announcement. On her visit she will meet some of the patients that could benefit from the research that will be undertaken in the new centre.
Professor Maha Barakat said, "For more than 160 years, Great Ormond Street Hospital has provided children with the medical care they have needed, and this new centre will be an extension of this essential work. We are indebted to the people of Great Ormond Street Hospital who dedicate themselves to helping thousands of children every year who are suffering from life-threatening and life-limiting conditions." The centre will be built on a plot of land on Guilford Street in London. The award-winning architects Stanton Williams are working with the clinical and academic staff to create a high quality building with outstanding research and clinical facilities. Currently the first phase of the public consultation process is underway, with the centre expected to open in 2018.
It is anticipated that the centre will house approximately 400 academics and clinical staff and feature more than 150 laboratory bench positions. The outpatients' facility will accommodate 48 clinical staff, and 140 patients with accompanying family members.
The total cost of the centre is expected to be 90 million sterling pounds. The full cost has been met by 20 million sterling pounds of fundraising income from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and 10 million sterling pounds grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Research Partnership Investment Fund. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
Lubna Al Qasimi speech on Zayed Humanitarian Day Work
posted on 17/07/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Co-operation and Development, President of Zayed University and President of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has affirmed that the celebrations of Zayed Humanitarian Day Work remind us of the first man of humanity in our modern world, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
In a speech on the occasion, Sheikha Lubna said that the United Arab Emirates' helping hands extend to all needy people in the world, regardless of race, religion or colour, to alleviate the suffering of those affected by conflict, humanitarian crises and natural disasters, and provide them with a decent living.
Sheikha Lubna emphasised that the U.A.E.'s ranking in first position globally as the most important country in the world in providing development assistance grants, compared to its national income, last year, according to preliminary data of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is a global recognition and appreciation for the U.A.E..
Sheikha Lubna added that the late Sheikh Zayed represents the source of generosity and giving, and he is the one who has instilled a love of giving in the hearts of his people, and that people must remember him on this day for his humanity and generosity to all, which made the Emirates a global humanitarian platform for giving.
She said that the U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, followed the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed in providing support for needy people worldwide.
At the end of her speech, Sheikha Lubna prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
ERC completes drilling of 177 wells in African and Asian countries within U.A.E. Suqia initiative
posted on 16/07/2014
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has finished drilling of 177 wells in five Asian and African countries within the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign (U.A.E. Suqia), launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to provide clean drinking water to five million people worldwide.
Around 267,960 persons will benefit from these wells in Afghanistan, Tanzania, India, Ghana and Iraq.
Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent stressed that the authority has taken the necessary steps to achieve the goals of the initiative by digging wells, providing water tanks and purification of drinking water, as well as providing solutions to prevent water waste. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
HAI implements U.A.E. Suqia at Al-Aqsa Mosque
posted on 16/07/2014
JERUSALEM: Human Appeal International U.A.E., HAI, has implemented an initiative in the Palestinian territories in response to U.A.E. Suqia, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to deliver safe drinking water to five million people around the world.
Ibrahim Rashid, Director of the HAI Office in the West Bank, said that since the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan the organisation has been distributing thousands of water bottles. He added that HAI had spent Dh500,000 to provide half a million bottles of mineral water to be distributed at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Sheikh Azzam Khatib, Director-General of Jerusalem's Awqaf Department, commended the U.A.E. Suqia initiative which demonstrates the U.A.E.'s interest in helping people wherever they are, especially the Palestinians who are living in difficult circumstances.
The beneficiaries expressed their thanks and appreciation for the U.A.E.'s humanitarian work, particularly the Suqia initiative. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
U.A.E. Water Aid campaign surpasses target, raises over Dh140m
posted on 15/07/2014
An extra 603,000 people who lack access to clean water will benefit from the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign after it raised more than Dh140 million surpassing its own targeted amount of money needed to help five million people in developing countries in particular.
The Dh140,081,000 raised so far by the U.A.E. Water aid from government departments, companies and individuals is enough to help 5,603,000 people around the world gain access to potable water, according to the Organising Committee of U.A.E. Water Aid.
"The wide response, at the government and popular level, to the charity campaign launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, within only two weeks has contributed to making this honourable achievement which proves that our country has earned this well-deserved position on the forefront of nations rushing to humanitarian work through qualitative initiatives that enable members of the society to perform their duty of guaranteeing the basics of dignified life for the population of regions facing difficult conditions," said Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of U.A.E. Water Aid.
Mr. Al Gergawi thanked all donors for their contribution to this achievement which he described as a source of pride and as a demonstration of the interest of the whole society in taking part in charity wand sincere efforts to extend help to others in line with the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan and in compliance to the noble Islamic values of compassion and mercy and helping the needy.
"May Allah bless all the donors and enable them to always be part of efforts to promote peace, brotherliness, harmony and love among all people," said Mr. Al Gergawi.
In order to allow more donors to show their support to the humanitarian drive, and to maximise its benefits for the needy, the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign will continue to receive donations until it officially wraps up on Wednesday 16 July.
Launched to coincide with the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign will provide five million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water through digging wells, providing water pumps and water purification equipment.
Figures from World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) in 2008 show that a child dies every 21 seconds from a water-related illness, or 9,863 people every day, 3.4 million people each year.
The U.A.E. people's immediate response to the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign which underlines the noble values they uphold, was highly valued by international media which praised U.A.E. for being capital of humanitarian initiatives, and highlighted the country's role in international humanitarian efforts.
U.A.E. Water Aid campaign addresses water scarcity, a problem that has continued to worsen in many parts of the world in the past decades, in drought-hit countries in particular. Water shortage is threatening the lives of millions of people, and is foreshadowing even more grave dangers if concerned countries and international bodies do not put prompt plans and strategies in place in order to bring forward radical solutions in afflicted areas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Dubai Municipality donates Dh 3 million for U.A.E. Water Aid Initiative
posted on 15/07/2014
Dubai Municipality (DM) has donated Dh 3 million for the U.A.E. Water Aid initiative (U.A.E. Suqia).
During his meeting at DM's main Headquarters with Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director of the Emirates Red Crescent's Dubai branch, Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality said that the donation comes within the Initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and as per directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai for Government departments in Dubai to participate and interact with the initiative.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's initiative aims at providing fresh drinking water to 5 million people around the world.
Lootah commended the generous gesture of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, which is deemed one of his distinguished humanitarian initiatives, especially in the Holy Month of Ramadan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
Al Maktoum Foundation unveils projects in Somalia
posted on 15/07/2014
The Al Maktoum Foundation (AMF) has unveiled its pioneering education projects in Somalia.
The mega charity foundation, as per the instruction of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, is sponsoring thousands of students there.
According to a senior official, up to 1,500 students of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid School in Hargeisa city of Somalia have graduated from several universities in Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and even Europe.
"They are now working in Hargeisa as doctors, engineers, lawyers, and professionals in various fields,” said Mohammed Ahmed Ismael, representative of Al Maktoum Foundation in Somalia.
The foundation is currently sponsoring up to 2,112 regular students at different universities, he added. "Al Maktoum Foundation is giving a critical boost to education in Africa.”
Elaborating, he said the foundation is adopting a modern and advanced education system. "The programme involves the construction and management of 40 high schools and colleges, offering educational assistance to thousands of African students.”
Ismael said the list of AMF-sponsored students and graduates include 300 men and women who are studying or already studied pharmacy, 300 in the college of engineering and computer sciences, 350 in the college of economy and administration, and 550 in other specialties.
Those are added to 80 students who obtained their Master's degree in several fields, and returned home to serve their country. "Some 12 male and female doctors, sponsored by the foundation, shall go home this year,” he said, noting that one of those students have obtained his Master's and Doctorate degrees in medical radiology from Canada with distinction.
Mirza Hussain Al Sayegh, Board Member of the Al Maktoum Foundation earlier told Khaleej Times that 60 per cent of the Foundation annual Dh100-million budget is dedicated for abroad activities, particularly education programmes. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/community/2014/July/community_July6.xml§ion=community
ENOC donates Dh 3 million to ‘U.A.E. Water Aid' initiative
posted on 14/07/2014
Emirates National Oil Company, ENOC, yesterday pledged Dh 3 million towards the U.A.E. Water Aid initiative (U.A.E. Suqia), launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum aimed at providing fresh drinking water to 5 million people around the world.
Saeed Khoory, Chief Executive Officer of ENOC, handed over the cheque for the amount to Yahia Abdullah AlMuaimi, Head of Local Aid section Emirates Red Crescent, at a ceremony held at ENOC's headquarters.
Mr. Khoory said: "The U.A.E. Water Aid initiative underlines the commitment of our leadership to make a meaningful difference to the lives of the underprivileged across the world, further defining our nation's status as a key international donor of aid and humanitarian support. We are indeed honoured to support the philanthropic initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which further strengthens our corporate social responsibility commitment.
"Reflecting the spirit of compassion and generosity that marks the Holy Month of Ramadan, U.A.E. Water Aid will enable communities to have access to drinking water, the vital source of life and good health. We are thankful that our contribution will help communities that are in urgent need of clean drinking water," he added.
The U.A.E. Water Aid programme was started on the first day of Ramadan and has so far received overwhelming support from all sections of the community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
U.A.E. Water Aid campaign donations exceed DH121 million in 15 days
posted on 13/07/2014
On its 15th day running, the sum of donations collected by the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign has reached DH121.097 million through generous contributions from government entities, community institutions, businessmen and individuals alike.
The amount collected can provide fresh drinking water to more than 4.8 million distressed people in poor countries; 97% of the campaign's target of 5 million people.
The Water Aid Campaign was launched by U.A.E. Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan to provide access to fresh drinking water for 5 million people around the world who suffer from shortage of potable water. The World Health Organization (WHO) figures show that a child dies every 21 seconds from a water-related illness and 9,863 people die every day from thirst and water related diseases.
Donations on the 15th day included DH3 million from MBC Group Chairman Al Waleed Al Ibrahim, DH2 million from Emirati businessman Saeed Al Kindi, DH2 million from Al Tayer Group and DH1 million from Damac Chairman Hussain Sajwani. Other generous donations included DH0.5 million from the Canadian University in Dubai, DH0.5 million from Emirati businessman Ahmed Abdullah Al Shafaar, DH0.25 million from the American University in the Emirates and DH200,000 from the Directorate General of Civil Defence – Dubai.
The U.A.E. Water Aid campaign is set to conclude on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014. Donations collected until now are enough to dig wells that provide clean drinking water to more than 4.8 million people in areas lacking potable water in various poor regions of the world.
The U.A.E. people's immediate response and ongoing support to the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign underlines the noble values of the people of country. Media outlets around the globe have valued U.A.E. role as capital of humanitarian initiatives, highly commending the role His Highness Sheikh Mohammed in the various areas of charitable and humanitarian work.
U.A.E. Water Aid campaign comes in the light of the aggravation of water scarcity issue in many parts of the world over the past decades. This scarcity has resulted in threatening the life of millions of people, heralding grave dangers if world countries and international bodies do not initiate prompt plans and strategies so as to bring forward radical solutions for this issue in afflicted areas.
World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show that more than 3.4 million die every year due to thirst and diseases caused by unclean water. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395267687300.html
DAMAC Properties’ chairman donates Dh1 million to ‘U.A.E. Water Aid’
posted on 13/07/2014
DAMAC Properties Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hussain Sajwani, has handed over a Dh1 million donation to the U.A.E. Suqia (Water Aid) Campaign, as part of the Ramadan charitable giving programme.
The initiative was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai to provide access to fresh drinking water for five million people around the world who suffer from shortage of potable water.
"According to the World Health Organisation, there are 780 million people in the world without access to clean water," said Mr. Sajwani. "We must do something to help. DAMAC Properties is pleased to be able to make a small difference to this worthy cause and thanks His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for bringing this important campaign to the attention of the world, particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan." The donation by DAMAC Properties, which will save the lives of 40,000 people without water, is part of the company's commitment to support the Government of Dubai's efforts to help those less well-off around the world.
The money raised will be used to build wells, install pumps and provide water purification equipment that will benefit millions of people in developing countries.
The World Health Organisation added that about 3.4 million people die every year due to water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes, with nearly all of the deaths occurring in the developing world.
The campaign is being launched in collaboration with the U.A.E. Red Crescent. Mohamed Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarouni, Head of Dubai Branch said: "the campaign is getting closer to reaching its objective of DH 125 million, in order to provide potable water for five million people. The teams of the Red Crescent started the excavation work of wells in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Irbil-Kurdistan-Iraq, and Tanzania. This campaign will reach 61 countries, and this humanitarian achievement carries the fingerprints of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, may God protect him." DAMAC Properties was recognised as one of the major contributors in the campaign during the official event of the U.A.E. Red Crescent held in Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi yesterday. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
Emirates Red Crescent drilling 20 wells in Tanzania
posted on 13/07/2014
The Emirates Red Crescent has started work on drilling 20 wells in Tanzania to help more than 40,000 people in 27 villages gain access to potable water.
The project in the region of Loliondo is being carried out in coordination with the U.A.E. Embassy in Dar es Salaam and the Tanzanian authorities.
"We have received an immense response to the U.A.E. Water Aid appeal from all sectors of society, locally, regionally and internationally,” said Dr Mohammed Al Falahi, the secretary general of the U.A.E. Red Crescent.
"This confirms the vitality and importance in saving lives and lifting the suffering of the millions who face death because of water scarcity and contamination.”
Tanzania is the third country after Afghanistan and Iraq to undertake well-drilling projects as part of the U.A.E. Water Aid relief effort.
Abdullah Ibrahim Al Suwaidi, the U.A.E. Ambassador to Tanzania, said the embassy had conducted a survey of the local population, livestock and agricultural land in the areas that were in dire need of a number of wells. The initial cost of drilling each well is about Dh66,000.
Mr Al Suwaidi thanked the Tanzanian authorities for their help in expediting the drilling projects so that relief efforts could commence as soon as possible.
On Tuesday, donations kept pouring into the aid campaign. The Dubai Public Prosecution donated Dh300,000, while the Dubai Police handed over a cheque for Dh2.5 million that will help 100,000 people gain access to drinkable water. – The National - Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/uae-red-crescent-drilling-20-wells-in-tanzania#ixzz36xNufs1g
U.A.E. Water Aid Campaign collects Dh111 million on its 13th day
posted on 11/07/2014
The donations raised by the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign, recently launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have reached more than Dh111.3 million through generous contributions from individual and corporate donors including government departments and private companies. The raised amount will helps provide clean drinking water to 4,454,000 people in developing countries, or 89% of the campaign's target.
Donations for the campaign yesterday included Dh 2.5 million from Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Dh500,000 from Emirati Mohammed Al Sayyah, Dh500,000 from Damas Jewellery, Dh200,000 from Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment (MRHE), Dh100,000 from Al Hathboor Group, Emirati Ahmed Saeed Al Mulla, Dh 100,000 from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and more than Dh55,000 from Dubai's Community Development Authority (CDA).
Launched to coincide with the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the U.A.E. water aid campaign will provide five million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water through digging wells, providing water pumps and water purification equipment.
Figures from World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) in 2008 show that a child dies every 21 seconds from a water-related illness and 9,863 people die every day, or 3.4 million each year, from water-related diseases.
The U.A.E. people's immediate response to the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign underlines the noble values they uphold.
The media have valued U.A.E. role as capital of humanitarian initiatives, highly commending the country's humanitarian role.
U.A.E. Water Aid campaign addresses water scarcity, a problem that has continued to worsen in many parts of the world in the past decades, in drought-hit countries in particular. The problem is threatening the lives of millions of people, and is denoting more grave dangers if countries and international bodies do not put prompt plans and strategies in place in order to bring forward radical solutions for this issue in afflicted areas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267627700.html
Dubai Holding donates Dh5 million for U.A.E. Water Aid initiative
posted on 10/07/2014
Dubai Holding has donated Dh5 million to the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign launched recently by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Dubai Holding said its donation is an extension of its continuous efforts to drive sustainability within the U.A.E. and beyond and to promote the country as the capital of humanitarian giving under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Dubai Holding's contribution to U.A.E. Water Aid will help more than 200,000 people in developing countries to get access to clean water Launched to coincide with, and starting on the first day of Ramadan, the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign will provide more than 5 million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water.
Ahmad bin Byat, CEO, Dubai Holding, said the fact that U.A.E. Water Aid initiative has a noble cause and the wide response it has received is further proof that U.A.E. is a global humanitarian work pioneer as it continues to launch new initiatives and ideas to extend help to the needy and help provide dignified living for people.
"We are delighted to be part of this good humanitarian effort," Bin Byat added. - Emirates News Agency, WAM http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267593383.html
Imdaad donates Dh 1 million to U.A.E. Water Aid campaign
posted on 10/07/2014
Imdaad, the Integrated Facilities Management solutions company has donated Dh 1 million to the U.A.E. Water Aid campaign (U.A.E. Suqia), which was recently launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to raise funds to provide five million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water.
Through its contribution, the company hopes to generate awareness and more support for the government-led campaign from major corporations and the general public in the U.A.E.
Jamal Lootah, CEO, Imdaad, said, "We are wholeheartedly supporting the ‘U.A.E. Water Aid' initiative, the plight of millions of people around the world who are suffering due to shortage of potable water deserves strong attention and help from all of us." - Emirates News Agency, WAM http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395267584541.html
Zayed bin Sultan Charitable Foundation donates Dh 2.2 million to U.A.E. Water Aid
posted on 10/07/2014
The Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation has presented a donation of Dh 2.250 million to U.A.E. Water Aid campaign, ( U.A.E. Suqia), which aims to provide fresh drinking water for five million people around the world.
Director-General of the Foundation, Ahmed Shabib Al Dhahiri announced this at an event held yesterday at the foundation's headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
He said that the move comes in implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.
According to Al Dhahiri the humanitarian initiative of the wise leadership deserves support from all institutions and segments of the society.
He also gave a presentation on the projects, programmes and activities which are being implemented by the Foundation since its establishment in 1993 in more than 110 countries globally, in addition to the projects inside the country.
Al Dhahiri also referred to the activities of the foundation on the occasion of the Zayed Humanitarian Day and U.A.E. Water Aid Initiative and other projects. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
HRH Princess Haya contributes to reducing malnutrition rates of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
posted on 10/07/2014
UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City, IHC, H.R.H. Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E., and Ruler of Dubai, has made a generous contribution of USD500,000 to support the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' efforts in emergency nutrition and food security for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia's Gambella region.
The UNHCR has said that on-going conflict and harsh weather conditions could mean that half of South Sudan's 12 million people could be in danger of starvation by the end of this year.
"Arriving exhausted, undernourished and in severely poor health, over the last six months, some 400,000 South Sudanese refugees have been forced to flee to neighbouring Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, in addition to the more than one million internally displaced inside the country," according to the UN agency.
H.R.H. Princess Haya said, "South Sudan is faced with one of the worst famines in decades. What is most distressing is that while conflict is the main reason for this flight of refugees, many are arriving hungry and already severely malnourished." As part of the donation, a total of 120,000 people will benefit from the provision of essential nutrition products and from the establishment of an enhanced system for processing food rations.
Ethiopia is already home to around 430,000 refugees. Around 131,000 new refugees have arrived there from South Sudan since mid-December, 95% of which are women and children.
"The situation in the Gambella region of Ethiopia is extremely concerning. The worsening security climate, coupled with a severe shortage of food, has already resulted in thousands of lives lost with almost 5 million people affected." said Imran Riza, UNHCR Regional Representative to the GCC Countries.
"This timely donation will significantly reduce malnutrition rates among South Sudanese refugees arriving in Ethiopia which will ultimately help prevent loss of life," Riza added.
South Sudanese refugees are arriving from areas of South Sudan that are experiencing severe food shortages and they are arriving with very few possessions - physically and mentally exhausted.
"What is most concerning is that while conflict may be the main reason for their flight, people are fleeing because they are severely malnourished and hungry," Princess Haya continued. "The harsh reality is that despite the acute nature of the emergency, it is receiving very little attention from the international community and the aid appeal is still heavily underfunded," she added.
UNHCR has appealed for USD427 million to address the most basic needs of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya as well as those internally displaced inside their own country.
At present, the emergency response is only 21% funded. It is expected that by the end of 2014, some 300,000 South Sudanese refugees would have fled to Ethiopia alone. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267580585.html
Dubai's Public Prosecution donates Dh300, 000 to UAE Suqia
posted on 09/07/2014
Dubai's Public Prosecution has announced a donation of Dh 300,000 to U.A.E. Water Aid campaign (U.A.E. Suqia), which aims to provide drinking water to 5 million people around the globe.
Khalifa Rashid Demas Al Swaidi, the acting General Prosecutor, said that the initiative's great success reflects the generosity of U.A.E. people, its leadership and commitment to international humanitarian charities for helping people around the world.
He added that the campaign is one of the several humanitarian initiatives lunched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and contributes to promoting philanthropy to underprivileged people everywhere. This follows on the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395267543658.html
Pakistan's Health Minister applauds U.A.E. health efforts in Pakistan
posted on 08/07/2014
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar, has commended President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, for Their Highness's efforts and support to the health sector in Pakistan, through the implementation of several health projects in different regions of the country.
The Minister made these comments during an exclusive interview with WAM, adding that the U.A.E.'s support for Pakistan goes back to the days of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was a great supporter and true friend of Pakistan, she said.
"It was he who ordered the construction of the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Lahore, and another in the city of Quetta. These two hospitals have contributed to meeting the needs of patients by providing treatment and medication to the people of those cities," she said.
Ms. Tarar also thanked the U.A.E. Government on behalf of the Pakistani Government, for the Pakistan Assistance Programme, PAP, a U.A.E. initiative to fight polio in KPK and Waziristan, which the Minister said was a gift that was much needed in those areas.
Speaking on the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak hospital that opened in North Waziristan, Tarar said that it was something that was desperately needed in that area and is supplying both locals and people from across Pakistan with high-standard emergency, maternity, childcare and other medical needs.
Commenting on the World Health Organisation report, in which Pakistan was listed as the only country in the world with increasing numbers of polio cases, with 91 cases in 2013 compared with 58 children contracting the disease in 2012, she said, "It is a fact that Pakistan is the only remaining country which exports polio." The Minster pointed out that 90% of the country is polio-free, and that the disease is now only found in Karachi, Peshawar and North Waziristan.
On the cooperation between the Ministries of Health in the U.A.E. and Pakistan, the Minister emphasised the need to continue developing the relationship between both sides to facilitate the work of teams fighting against polio in the country, in addition to cooperation in other areas in the health sector which she predicted will continue to grow.
The Minister went on to say that the most important challenge facing the Ministry of Health in Pakistan is providing vaccinations. "We have to focus on vaccinations and also on the quality and pricing of medicines, which should meet international standards," she said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM