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Khalifa Foundation distributes 50,000 school bags to disadvantaged students in Palestine
posted on 22/10/2014

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for humanitarian work has implemented part of its programme to support the education sector in the Palestinian territories, where it has distributed 50,000 school bags to students in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The initiative is part of the foundation's humanitarian aid programme to provide assistance to students in the Palestinian territories, given the current humanitarian crisis being experienced by the Palestinian people.
Some 30,000 school bags were distributed to students in the Gaza Strip, and 20,000 bags were distributed in the West Bank.
Palestinian families extended their thanks and appreciation to the U.A.E. and to the Khalifa Foundation for the various annual programmes it has implemented in the Palestinian territories, especially in camps and villages. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395271192970.html

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Emirates Red Crescent distributes thousands of school uniforms to Gaza students
posted on 20/10/2014

GAZA: The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, in the Gaza Strip has begun distributing school uniforms to underprivileged students attending UNRWA schools in Gaza at the start of the new school year.
Emad Abu al-Laban, Director of the ERC Office in Gaza, who is overseeing the distribution of uniforms, said the project seeks to assist disadvantaged residents of Gaza who are facing economic difficulties.
Abu al-Laban added that the project, which has been organised in cooperation with UNRWA, has so far distributed 5,000 uniforms to female students as part of efforts to alleviate some of the financial burdens of their families.
The ERC is eager to provide assistance to as many people as possible, adding that the organisation carries out a number of other projects with the help of Gaza charities, noted Abu al-Laban.
The school principals thanked the ERC for their efforts and said the school uniforms have been delivered to those students who are most in need, following criteria developed for this purpose.
The students receiving assistance also expressed their thanks to the U.A.E. and the ERC for their humanitarian efforts in Gaza. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395271064747.html

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MBRF and UNESCO continue literacy programme in Somalia
posted on 20/10/2014

NAIROBI: The joint committee of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, and the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture, UNESCO, Regional Office for Eastern Africa, have held a meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to discuss its literacy project in Somalia, a programme funded by MBRF and being carried out by UNESCO.
Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, Secretary-General of the MBRF, praised the cooperation with UNESCO, who he said have been working in full partnership, bringing to play their experience and specialisation in the educational field; noting that the project is especially important, given the difficult conditions in Somalia which have impacted negatively on the continuation of the educational process there.
The Secretary-General said that experts from both groups discussed carrying out projects, along with the difficulties and challenges they face and seeking the means to overcome such problems.
Mohamed Djelid, Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, said that UNESCO's ties with MBRF have created a real partnership, special interests and mutual concerns.
Jaleed went on to say that the meeting focused on the need for the participation of Somalia's central and local government, civil society organisations, tribal leaders and opinion leaders in this effort to fight illiteracy in the African country.
The meeting also covered the need to develop a curriculum, and highlighted the importance of coordinating with universities and civil society organisations, as well as the importance of providing libraries and modern teaching aids to help in the success of the programme. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395271065945.html

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Al Jaber inspects progress at U.A.E-funded project in Giza, Egypt
posted on 19/10/2014

CAIRO: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt, has inspected progress at the construction site of a new bridge in Ardh Alliwa at-grade intersection, one of the four U.A.E.-funded projects under construction in the Giza Governorate.
Ardh Alliwa project which is now 92 percent complete is one of the four bridges planned to ease traffic congestion, reduce accidents and resultant losses in Giza's most densely-populated districts of Ardh Alliwa, Nahya, Bashteel.
When completed, the bridges will serve more than three million people in the governorate.
In his remarks during the visit, Minister Al Jaber said, "The directives of the wise leadership of U.A.E. focus on speed and perfection in the construction of all projects. This affirms that we stand by our brothers in Egypt." "I am pleased to inspect the progress at the Ardh Alliwa bridge where the Egyptian workforce has shown strong determination and keenness to carry out the work with the highest quality," added Al Jaber.
Expressing his hope that the projects would be implemented in time and achieve the ultimate goal of better serving Egypt's economy and society, he said that the focus was on infrastructure projects that represent the foundations of economic development.
Minister Al Jaber, who was accompanied to the site of the project by Governor of Giza Ali Abul Rehman, noted that there are indications that Egypt's economy is recovering. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395271039100.html

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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to strengthen development relations with Ghana
posted on 19/10/2014

A high-level government delegation from the Republic of Ghana headed by Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister for Roads and Highways, visited the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) headquarters.
The meeting aimed to enhance mutual cooperation between the Fund and the government of Ghana by encouraging greater collaboration in the development of infrastructure projects in the African country.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, welcomed the Ghanaian Minister and his accompanying delegation, comprising representatives from Ministry of Roads and Highways, as well as officials from the Consulate General of Ghana in Dubai.
The meeting was also attended by representative from the U.A.E. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, both sides discussed various aspects of joint cooperation and partnership between ADFD and the government of Ghana across multiple sectors.
Al Suwaidi briefed the delegation on ADFD's ongoing engagement in Ghana, pointing out that the Fund is keen on collaborating in projects that help accelerate Ghana's economic development on a priority basis. He added that such projects should meet the strategic objectives of ADFD.
The Ghanaian delegation offered an overview of the work involved in the roads and highways projects planned by the government of Ghana in collaboration with ADFD. The delegates also shared feasibility studies on the projects for further action.
As an immediate outcome of the meeting, ADFD will review the feasibility studies and communicate set priorities to the Ghanaian Government. ADFD will also consider deputing a fact finding committee to Ghana for a follow up assessment of the project if required.
ADFD, as part of its new direction in development aid, seeks to open up new areas of cooperation between the Fund and the Republic of Ghana in various areas of investments in a bid to contribute to the economic and social developments of Ghana. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395271014497.html

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U.A.E contributions to fighting world poverty reached Dh8.9bn in three years
posted on 17/10/2014

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, has announced that the U.A.E.'s share of donations to fight poverty worldwide has reached Dh8.9 billion over the last three years.
In a statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Sheikha Lubna said, "The humanitarian vision of 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, as well as the relentless 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, is reflected in the U.A.E.'s praiseworthy manner of addressing the international poverty issue by directing its efforts and effective contributions to alleviate the suffering of people in underprivileged societies." She added that the U.A.E. has become a role model in this respect due to its commitment to achieving the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals, which prioritise poverty eradication.
Sheikha Lubna also said, "Tomorrow, October 17th, we will participate in the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an issue that has become a grim reality that haunts the international community's conscience." She added that the prevalence of severe poverty in a number of countries and regions across the world is the result of several factors, some of which were deeply rooted in those societies due to a poor international response and the absence of a comprehensive vision in addressing the issue.
At the end of her statement, Sheikha Lubna remarked, "We, as countries, international humanitarian institutions, and civil community organisations, have to rally our efforts to eradicate the issue." - Emirates News Agency - WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270965691.html

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U.A.E. joins UNICEF in the global fight against Ebola
posted on 16/10/2014

The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, Micad, and United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef, are partnering to implement a US$5 million project to fight Ebola in the three West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leon.
This latest contribution comes as part of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and was ordered by 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 to support the global fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The outbreak, which began in Guinea in early 2014 and quickly spread to the neighbouring countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia, has claimed the lives of more than 3500 individuals to date.
The disease has had a devastating effect on the daily lives of communities and far reaching implications on the health and wellbeing of children. Children face not only the direct risks of exposure to the virus, but also the risks associated with the loss of their parents and family members and the limited access to basic services such health care, education and protection.
Unicef said U.A.E.'s contribution comes at a crucial moment, as the number of infected people is expected to rise. The contribution will allow Unicef to continue to implement programs that focus strongly on educating communities about how to understand, treat and stop the spread of the disease as well as procuring key supplies for use in Ebola Treatment Units and community care centres.
Most importantly, Unicef is focusing on restoring and protecting the delivery of basic social services such as maternal and child healthcare, water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, education and protecting children who have lost their parents and have faced the fear and terror of death and disease.
"This valuable contribution from U.A.E. is not surprising. U.A.E. has been championing the cause of health and emergency response for many years and have been able to achieve remarkable results in several causes such as polio eradication." Said Ibrahim El Ziq, Unicef Gulf Area Representative.
"Unicef and the government of U.A.E. have been close partners in a number of emergencies such as the Syria response, Gaza and now the fight against Ebola. It is heartening to see this strong understanding for the needs of children and this unwavering commitment to urgently provide the needed support from the Government of U.A.E." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395270920189.html

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Jawaher calls on youth to make a difference
posted on 14/10/2014

Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has called on youth in the U.A.E. to play an active role in helping with the refugee problem in the region.
Sheikha Jawaher, who is also Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, told Gulf News in an exclusive interview that young people in the U.A.E. need to be aware of the realities of war and problems of displacement in order to contribute to solving the regional problem.
Spreading this kind of awareness is the main aim of the upcoming Sharjah conference titled ‘Investing in the future' taking place on October 15-16.
"Younger members of society need to see the effects of war, in the hope that this will motivate them to choose more productive futures for themselves as well as offer time or resources to assist in the refugee problem,” explained Sheikha Jawaher.
The conference, which will discuss child and youth displacement issues and ways to protect refugee children, will also hold a youth forum for over 600 university students, academics and faculty members. "We want to inspire the young minds of our region to want to make a difference,” said Sheikha Jawaher.
The workshops at the youth forum will expose young people to the realities and problems of displacement and inform them about the importance of social entrepreneurship.
Education is a long-tern solution
Pointing out that any type of assistance given to those afflicted by war is a great deal in itself, Sheikha Jawaher highlighted the need to focus on the protection of refugee children by securing their rights, well-being, and education. "The future lies with the youth and we need to focus on educating them,” said Sheikha Jawaher.
She explained that while displaced children need food and shelter, they also require education and the opportunity to have a brighter future. "They need education as a long-term method to keep them on a productive path,” she said.
Sheikha Jawaher's Big Heart Campaign has also shifted its focus to education. The campaign has assisted hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children with emergency health care, blankets, shelter, food and clothing- and is now focused on education. "I began the Big Heart Campaign because I did not want Syrian refugee children to be forgotten,” said Sheikha Jawaher.
Earlier this year the campaign donated US$1.5 million (Dh5.51 million) to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support primary, secondary and technical education for refugees.
"There are currently about 1 million school-age Syrian refugee children and half of them are enrolled in school,” said Sheikha Jawaher. The campaign has raised money for teachers, school books, and has increased access to schools in order to help refugee children continue their education. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/jawaher-calls-on-youth-to-make-a-difference-1.1397861

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U.A.E. pledges US$200 million for Gaza rebuilding
posted on 13/10/2014

CAIRO: The U.A.E. announced on Sunday a donation of US$200 million for reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), made the announcement during the Gaza Donor Conference in Cairo yesterday in the presence of representatives of 50 states and 20 international organisations. The meeting was opened by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
U.A.E. Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his address to the conference, said, 'We value and reiterate our absolute backing for the latest Egyptian initiative which calls for Israel and Palestinian factions to an immediate cease fire, end the state of violence and fighting and provide protection for civilians.'
In his address to the meeting, read on his behalf by Sheikha Lubna, the U.A.E. Foreign Minister thanked the governments of Egypt and Norway for hosting the international conference, adding that the convening of the conference underlines the sincere desire of brothers and friends to contribute to development and reconstruction projects and stability in Palestine.
'The U.A.E. expresses its denunciation of the continuous Israeli aggressive practices on the Occupied Palestinian Territories and its condemnation of the latest raids launched by Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip, killing and wounding many Palestinian people. The U.A.E. also renews its complete rejection of all acts of violence that result in the killing of civilians and calls for self-restraint and a halt to the policy of massive punishment and revenge. The U.A.E. also categorically decries the latest incursion by Israeli forces into the Aqsa Mosque and the provocation of peace advocates,' Sheikh Abdullah said.
H.H. affirmed that the U.A.E. strongly condemns the continuous Israeli violations of rights of the defenceless Palestinian people, calls for end to settlement activities and demands that the international community acts to enable the Palestinian people to gain their full rights to establish their free and independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. He went on to say that the U.A.E. also emphasises the need for respect for and observance of the principles of international law and international humanitarian law for preserving security, peace and stability in the region.
H.H. added, 'We, through the podium of this important conference, reaffirm our absolute support for the rebuilding of Gaza so as to alleviate the suffering of its people and improve living conditions, in the Gaza Strip in particular and Palestine in general.' The U.A.E. has been and is still providing financial and material assistance to support the Palestinian people and strengthen Palestinian institutions in the occupied territories. In July 2014, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan instructed the allocation of Dh92 million (US$ 25m) in emergency humanitarian assistance to support the resistance of the Palestinian people during Israeli attacks which killed hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians. The U.A.E. also committed Dh153 million (US$ 41.6m) to the UNRWA in 2013. Last year, the U.A.E. offered assistance worth Dh340.1m (US$ 92.3m), making Palestine the fifth largest recipient of U.A.E. aid in the world.' Sheikh Abdullah emphasised that humanitarian social responsibility calls on all public and private community forces to participate in and contribute to efforts towards the development of Gaza. 'Through coordination of our roles in this mission, we can secure the essential needs of the Palestinian people.' 'In this context, we emphasise the importance of collective action in planning and then implementing a short-to-long strategy through which we can set the most significant priorities with the Palestinian government to identify the required projects and the serious applicable and concerted commitments among us to implement these developmental projects through which we seek to ensure efficient use of the required resources,' H.H. added.
'We again reiterate the U.A.E.'s commitment to participate and provide assistance for the rebuilding of Gaza and our support for the Palestinian people through the mobilisation of resources and the provision of requirements. We also renew our commitment to the Peace Initiative in the Middle East which urges all parties to work diligently towards the realisation of a comprehensive peace,' Sheikh Abdullah concluded.
On the margins of the conference, Sheikha Lubna met with Borge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, and discussed with him ways of coordinating stances regarding the Gaza reconstruction efforts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270764884.html

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Lubna chairs meeting of U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid
posted on 02/10/2014

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 extended thanks and appreciation to the wise leadership represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the support 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 and relentless follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, on the establishment of the 'U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid'.
The Committee aims to promote the country's humanitarian contributions for the victims of humanitarian catastrophes and crises as well as bolstering the U.A.E.'s stature on the international humanitarian work arena.
Sheikha Lubna expressed these views while chairing the committee's meeting, which was established last May after the formal approval from the cabinet.
The Committee discussed a number of issues relevant to the U.A.E.'s humanitarian response, mechanisms of enhancing coordination and integration among the Emirati organisations working in this field.
At the end of the meeting, the committee also approved the recommendations, pertaining to the country's response to crises and catastrophes, in order to be referred to the wise leadership for the appropriate decisions. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270391437.html

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MICAD attends 65th session of UNHCR Executive Committee
posted on 01/10/2014

A delegation from the U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) is participating in the 65th session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 29 September to 3 October.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, opened the meeting with a speech highlighting the current status of refugees in Africa, and the crisis resulting from armed conflicts in different parts of the world.
The Executive Committee will review UNHCR's strategic vision for the year ahead, setting out the key challenges facing the agency today and the efforts required efforts to meet them.
The event will also address issues such as the growing humanitarian needs resulting from the continued rise in global forced displacement, protection for refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs), partnership and coordination, finding solutions for finance, and the prevention of conflict. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395270340960.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi discusses International Development issues between U.A.E. and France
posted on 30/09/2014

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, and Head of U.A.E. National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has received in her office yesterday at the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) in Abu Dhabi, Anne-Marie Idrac, special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and her accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, she asserted the importance of the deep-rooted relationships between the U.A.E. and France, at all levels, and the joint vision of the leaderships in both countries in relation to enhancing the joint cooperation and consultation, and supporting the mutual interests for the benefit of the two sides.
She also re-affirmed the U.A.E.'s aspiration for more deep joint bilateral relationships, especially in the field of international and humanitarian development, finding solutions for international development's constraints and effective responses from the humanitarian organisations in both countries to the global humanitarian crises resulting from various disasters and conflicts around the world and in poor communities.
In addition, she discussed the key present humanitarian and development issues in the international arena, exploring the experiences of both countries in resolving these issues, means of unifying the views, and the need for effective coordination with the international community in order to coin a global strategy for the development goals for post-2015.
For her part, the representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ann Mary, commended the increasing role and raised status the U.A.E. has attained in the international humanitarian action and development field, affirming the great opportunities for partnering between U.A.E. and France for supporting the international development, humanitarian action and effective response to the global crises.
The meeting was attended by Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Development at the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, and Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the U.A.E.. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270269878.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and UNESCO to implement literacy programme in Somalia
posted on 29/09/2014

NAIROBI: The joint committee of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, and the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture, UNESCO, (Regional Office for Eastern Africa), have held a meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to discuss its literacy project in Somalia, a programme funded by MBRF and implemented by UNESCO.
Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, Secretary-General of the MBRF, praised the cooperation with UNESCO, who he said have been working in full partnership, bringing their experience and specialisation in the educational field, saying that the project is especially important given the difficult conditions in Somalia, which have impacted negatively on the continuation of the educational process there.
The Secretary-General said that experts from both sides discussed project prospects, the difficulties and challenges and how to overcome them.
Mohamed Djelid, Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, said that UNESCO's ties with MBRF include more than funding, and said that the organisations share a real partnership, special interests and concerns.
Jaleed went on to say that the meeting focused on the need for the participation of Somalia's central and local government, civil society organisations, tribal leaders and opinion leaders in this effort to fight illiteracy in the African country.
The meeting also covered the need to develop a curriculum, and highlighted the importance of coordinating with universities and civil society organisations, and the importance of the provision of libraries and modern teaching aids to help in the success of the programme. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270211454.html

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Jawaher Al Qasimi visits Paediatric Cancer patients at New York–Presbyterian Hospital
posted on 28/09/2014

NEW YORK: H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP), International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, visited yesterday the paediatric ward at New York–Presbyterian Cancer Hospital, a Columbia University Medical Centre Hospital.
The hospital is one of the oldest and most experienced hospitals in the US, with a paediatric ward that is unique in its application of the "Child Life" programme. According to this programme, the ward uses toys and drawings in disease management, and children rooms and most of the hospital's facilities are painted with children favoured characters and colours, to help them cope with treatment.
During her presence at the hospital, Sheikh Jawaher launched a new international initiative under the title "Heroes Bag". The initiative would present special bags of books, toys, and other gifts to children with cancer, helping them cope with the treatment and easing their suffering.
Sheikha Jawaher toured the hospital, accompanied by Dr. Lee Goldman, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Dr. Michael Weiner, Deputy Head of Paediatrics, in addition to a number of hospital officials and directors.
She also listened to an overview of services offered to children in general, and to children with cancer in particular, in addition to facilities and techniques used in the treatment of cancer patients. Al Qasimi also met a number of oncology consultants and specialists, and discussed types of cancers they admit and how they deal with them.
Sheikha Jawaher also visited a number of paediatric cancer patients, wishing them well recovery and expressing her compassion with their suffering. She also read stories with children and painted with them, before surprising them with "Heroes Bag" with books and toys at the end of her visit.
The bags also included a personal message from Sheikha Jawaher in English and Arabic, saying: "You are the hero of your story – so be brave and remember you are always in my heart" She promised the children to continue supporting them in their fight against this disease until the achieve recovery.
On the role of the surrounding environment in the management of cancer patients, Sheikha Jawaher emphasised the importance of this environment, especially with the long treatment duration, and the hard investigations and management procedures.
She also emphasised the importance of collaboration between medical institutions in the west with their counterparts in developing countries, which do not enjoy the same level of funding, adding that treating children with cancer is high in her personal agenda.
Wife of H.H. Ruler of Sharjah and FoCP delegation met with the management team at New York–Presbyterian Hospital, where they listened to an overview of hospital processes and procedures, and proposed future collaboration to import the hospital's great experience to benefit cancer patients in the U.A.E. and other parts of the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395270176528.html

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ERC to build 10 schools in Philippine typhoon-ravaged areas
posted on 28/09/2014

MANILA: Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has signed three memorandums of understanding with the Philippine government whereby the U.A.E.'s humanitarian major will build ten schools destroyed by typhoon Haiyan in two provinces of the Philippines in November last year.
ERC says the new agreements represent the first stage of ERC's development efforts in the Philippine areas ravaged by the tropical cyclone, and follow its 2013 emergency relief operation to help the affected population.
The ERC team is supervising the construction of the ten schools which will serve some 7738 students of the two Philippine provinces in coordination with the Philippine government.
Secretary-General of ERC, Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, signed the three MoUs with Governor of Western Samar, Sharee Ann Tan, and representatives of the provincial government of Eastern Samar, in presence of U.A.E. Ambassador to the Philippines, Musa Abdulwahed Al Khaja, and members of ERC delegation and Philippine officials.
Al Falahi emphasised that ERC is making efforts to assist the victims of the destructive typhoon in response to the wise U.A.E. leadership's directives followed up by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of ERC. The Red Crescent, he added, has plans in place to implement its healthcare and educational projects in the affected areas.
Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar Province, bore the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, leaving several thousands killed and hundreds of thousands homeless. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395270187322.html

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MICAD, IRC join forces to provide healthcare, education to refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan and Jordan
posted on 28/09/2014

The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), yesterday signed two agreements with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to provide healthcare, education and job opportunities to Syrian refugees in Jordan and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
The Agreements were signed by Hazza Mohammad Falah Al Qahtani, the Under-Secretary of MICAD and David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC on the side-lines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
According to the agreements, the U.A.E. will provide an amount of Dh 14.6 million (US$4 million) to the IRC.
Al Qahtani said that the assistance comes within the U.A.E.'s effective humanitarian response to the repercussions of the Syrian crisis and in implementation to the wise directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and support 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 Of these funds, Dh 7.3 million (US$2 million) is allocated to provide high-quality healthcare services to 80,000 Syrian refugees residing in Al Mafraq and Irbid governorates in Jordan. While Dh 7.3 million (US$2 million) will help to empower 6,000 children and youth through education and livelihoods opportunities in Duhok and Erbil governorates in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Both agreements will be implemented over a period of twelve months.
Commenting on this agreement, Al Qahtani said, "The U.A.E. is keen to work with international organisations to ensure the provision of proper healthcare, education and job opportunities to those in need. We are pleased to be able to support Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries in coordination with the IRC." Miliband added, "The scale of daily suffering and misery as a result of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq is stretching the humanitarian system like never before. On behalf of those escaping dreadful violence not of their making, the IRC is pleased to partner with MICAD. We will now be able to further address the needs of Syrian refugees who live outside formal camps in Jordan, and also to prioritise education in Iraq's Kurdistan region. The IRC is needed around the world like never before, and it is with support from organisations like MICAD that we continue to serve those whose lives have been torn apart." These funds for the IRC are part of an overall U.A.E. commitment of Dh 1.1 billion (US$300 million), pledged by the U.A.E. at an international pledging conference for Syria held in January 2013 in Kuwait. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –

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Lubna Al Qasimi discusses ways to enhance partnership between U.A.E. and Great Britain
posted on 24/09/2014

Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, has valued the developments related to the implementation of the humanitarian projects between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, especially in relation to providing humanitarian support to the people affected by the Syrian crisis.
Welcoming a delegation from the Houses of Commons and Lords, headed by Alistair Burt, member of the House of Commons, in her office yesterday at the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) in Abu Dhabi, she emphasised that the historic relationships between the two countries are very distinctive, deep-rooted and contribute to enhancing the partnership and joint cooperation between the two countries in various fields, particularly the joint efforts exerted to find solutions for the international development and humanitarian issues, in addition to exchange views and expertise.
The Houses of Commons and Lords visit aims to enhance bilateral cooperation at all levels. The delegation was escorted by Ahmed Al Mansouri, Member of the U.A.E. Federal National Council.
During the meeting, Lubna Al Qasimi emphasised that the U.A.E. is looking forward to enhancing the bilateral mutual relationships in fields of international development and humanitarian responses, finding solutions to address the constraints of international development and increase the effectiveness of humanitarian organisations, in both countries, in responding to natural and manmade disasters around the world.
She also briefed the visiting delegation on the main efforts exerted by the U.A.E. in supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and active coordination with the global community in order to formalise the Development Goals Agenda post 2015.
In addition, the Minister of International Cooperation and Development commended the distinguished role of both the U.A.E. and Great Britain in supporting the humanitarian and international development efforts, and implementing the projects that aim to alleviate the suffering of the affected people in the humanitarian crises.
The delegation from the Houses of Commons and Lords expressed their pleasure at visiting the U.A.E., commending the strong relationships between the two countries and the increasing role of the U.A.E. in the humanitarian and international development arena, in addition to achieving the top position as a foreign aid donor country of the Official Development Assistance/Gross National Income (ODA/GNI) for 2013.
Alistair Burt also valued the advances made by the U.A.E. in the political, culture and social stability scales, which are considered one of the highest worldwide, in addition to the U.A.E.'s success in achieving balance between national development strategies and continuation in supporting international development and responding to global emergencies around the world.
The meeting was attended by Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Development, Ali Mohsen Al Hameli, Assistant Under-Secretary for Support Services, and Rashid Al Teneiji, Director of Communication and International Relations Department. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270005345.html

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U.A.E. makes its mark as donor state
posted on 14/09/2014

The U.A.E. has played a seminal role in improving the lot of people around the world through distribution of aid, a newspaper commented yesterday The English language daily 'Gulf News' said the Libyan delegation's visit to the U.A.E. last week brought into focus the ever-present willingness of the U.A.E. to be an ally and offer support to countries struggling with changing political processes, humanitarian aid requirements and help with infrastructure development. In expressing, and extending, support to Libya to rebuild itself, the U.A.E. has reaffirmed its deserved status as the top donor internationally. For example, in 2013, on a per capita basis, its international aid profile stood at a staggering Dh19.1 billion, a 375 per cent increase over its performance in 2012.
"Old or young, for a country to be able to convert abstract ambitions like generosity, empathy and international goodwill into concrete actions is a task that calls for honesty of intent, clear-headed policies and vision and U.A.E. has proved that it possesses these virtues in abundance. Its decision to form the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) in 2013, formerly the U.A.E. Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, is proof of this vision. The move has helped it consolidate its various aid activities onto a single platform and showcase its achievements to stunning effect," the paper added.
It continued by saying the diversity of U.A.E.'s aid and assistance to 137 countries around the world is impressive: From improved access to education and health care services, supporting research, innovation and infrastructure development to providing relief during emergencies and extending support as a political ally, it has played a seminal role in improving the lot of people around the world. In the first seven months of 2014 alone, the U.A.E. has reached out to Syria, Bosnia, Yemen, Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, India and through its U.A.E. Water Aid programme, countries in Asia and Africa, to name just a few endeavours. Its clear-headed policies have also helped it further the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) more than most other nations whether it be with global anti-malaria campaign or immunisation programmes.
"This self-determined growth, in the classical mould of fostering nations that history will mark, is what distinguishes the U.A.E. in the eyes of the world." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395269542028.html

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U.A.E. increasing contributions to achieving UN’s Millennium Development Goals, says Sheikha Lubna
posted on 11/09/2014

The U.A.E. is continuing with its concerted actions to overcome the urgent global challenges of food security, climate change, water insecurity and infrastructure development, following the U.A.E. government's commitment to achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, according to Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).
Delivering a lecture entitled ‘Towards Sustainability: The role of the U.A.E. as a key player in Global Human Development', Sheikha Lubna added that the U.A.E.'s initiatives are the outcome of the vision and commitment of the leadership to widen the country's contributions to sustainable development goals. Sustainable development goals are expected to be adopted as the next stage of action for the eight MGDs by the United Nation's member states at a summit in September 2015.
The lecture was organised under the lecture series at the Masdar Institute campus.
A number of government, non-government and private sector stakeholders, including Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chief Executive Officer of Energy at Mubadala and Chairman of Masdar, Philip Parham, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.A.E. and official representatives from the United Nations in the U.A.E. were present. Students, faculty and staff members from Masdar Institute and other universities also attended the lecture.
During her talk, Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the U.A.E. remains committed to helping partner countries achieve their MDGs through the delivery of foreign aid in the form humanitarian and development assistance. The country also prioritises ‘developing global partnerships for development' and ‘eradication of poverty and hunger', while seeking to achieve the MDGs locally. She emphasised that the programmes and projects initiated by the U.A.E. leadership in poor countries will contribute to improved food supply, greater environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation, as well as better water management, child vaccination campaigns and meaningful support for global polio eradication efforts.
Sheikha Lubna added: "As part of its contribution towards achieving sustainable development goals, the U.A.E. specifically will endeavour to address the causes of poverty including conflict, fragile statehood, social exclusion, economic under-performance, under-mobilisation of national resources in poor countries, inadequate governance and under-investment in education and health." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269430248.html

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U.A.E. increasing contributions to achieving UN’s Millennium Development Goals: Sheikha Lubna
posted on 09/09/2014

The U.A.E. continues with its concerted action to overcome the urgent global challenges of food security, climate change, water insecurity and infrastructure development, following its commitment to achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, remarked Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development.
Delivering a lecture entitled "Towards Sustainability: The Role Of The U.A.E. As A Key Player In Global Human Development", Sheikha Lubna added that the U.A.E.'s initiatives are the outcome of the vision and commitment of the leadership to widen the country's contribution to sustainable development goals. Sustainable development goals are expected to be adopted as the next stage of action for the eight MGDs by the United Nation's member states at a summit in September 2015.
The lecture was organised under the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Masdar Institute campus. Sheikha Lubna was earlier received by Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, who introduced her to the audience. A number of government, non-government and private sector stakeholders including Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State, Chief Executive Officer of Energy at Mubadala and Chairman of Masdar, Philip Parham, British Ambassador to the U.A.E. and official representatives from United Nations in the U.A.E. were present. Students, faculty and staff members from Masdar Institute and other universities also attended the lecture.
During her talk Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the U.A.E. remains committed to helping partner countries achieve their MDGs through the delivery of foreign aid in the form humanitarian and development assistance. The country also prioritises ‘developing global partnerships for development' and ‘eradication of poverty and hunger', while seeking to achieve the MDGs locally.
She emphasised that the programmes and projects initiated by the U.A.E. leadership in poor countries will contribute to improved food supply, greater environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation, as well as better water management, child vaccination campaigns and meaningful support for global polio eradication efforts.
Sheikha Lubna added, "As part of its contribution towards achieving sustainable development goals, the U.A.E. specifically will endeavour to address the causes of poverty including conflict, fragile statehood, social exclusion, economic under-performance, under-mobilisation of national resources in poor countries, inadequate governance and under-investment in education and health." According to the UN 2013 MDG report, there are new and emerging global challenges. Annual earth depletion has jumped from 60% in 1990 to an alarming 150% in 2010, while the bottom billion of the world's population is severely impacted by widespread deprivation despite progress towards MDGs. The challenge is growing manifold since the earth's population is forecast to reach eight to 10 billion by 2050, the report adds.
The Masdar Institute Distinguished Lecture Series frequently hosts corporate leaders, renowned professionals and academicians for knowledge sharing and interactive sessions as part of its human capital development efforts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269346683.html

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NRC celebrates first cohort of informal training graduates at Emirati-Jordanian Camp
posted on 06/09/2014

AMMAN: The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) on Thursday organised a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of Syrian refugee youth who completed a range of informal technical and vocational training courses in the Youth Training Centre at the Emirati–Jordanian Camp in Jordan.
The training courses are part of specialised programmes run by Unicef and NRC, the Norwegian independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, in order to directly engage the youth and their communities to enhance both their skills and personal capacities.
NRC's education programme, funded by Unicef, EU and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, includes several training disciplines such as tailoring, electrical Wiring, IT and business skills, as well as supporting classes in Arabic, mathematics and life skills. Several entrepreneurial skills such as office management and marketing are also taught. The programme also offers classes in sports, arts, handicrafts and gardening, and has a library dedicated to its students.
Emma Bonar, Youth Project Manager at Norwegian Refugee Council, in her remarks at the ceremony, thanked Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) team and the Jordanian officials for their contribution to the success of the training.
Ms. Bonar also praised the Syrian graduates for their smartness and activity, and their parents for supporting them and believing in their potential.
Later, they all toured a produce and handicraft exhibition for works of the Syrian female graduates.
The ceremony was organised in the presence of Deputy Director of the Emirati–Jordanian Camp, Saif Mohammed bin Sulaiman, and Jordanian officials.
On her part, Besan Abdel Qader, Youth and Adolescent Development Officer at UNICEF Jordan, thanked the graduates, teachers, trainers, ERC team and NRC for their role in the successful training of the refugees. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395269263493.html

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UNRWA to start Gaza reconstruction effort using U.A.E. donation
posted on 04/09/2014

GAZA: A large team of experts from UNRWA will start a comprehensive damage assessment survey in different areas of Gaza Strip, and is set to start reconstruction efforts using a recent generous donation from U.A.E., said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
"Hundreds of engineers and researchers were trained on how to deal with explosive remnants (of the recent war). They will use the same research and assessment form used by UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, in order to avoid issues in the future," said Abu Hasna.
Gazan Palestinians who may not be satisfied with the damage assessment of their destroyed houses can complain to special committees.
"At the conclusion of the damage assessment, and using the generous U.A.E.'s Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) donation of around US$41 million for Gaza reconstruction efforts, UNRWA will pay for the restoration of slightly-damaged houses before winter begins," the UNRWA spokesman noted adding that the UN agency will launch a campaign to raise cash donations for renting houses to shelter displaced Gazans currently living at its overcrowded schools.
On 21 July, ERC donated US$40.8 million to UNRWA for desperately needed relief and post-war construction efforts in the Gaza Strip.
UNRWA said over 55,000 displaced people are still sheltering in 36 schools run by the UN agency.
In its latest humanitarian snapshot of Gaza emergency (as of 29 August 2014, OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) says as the ceasefire in Gaza allows for more in-depth sectoral assessments to be conducted, it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 per cent of the housing stock affected in Gaza Strip.
"Five per cent of the housing stock is uninhabitable - an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless. This is in addition to the pre-crisis housing deficit of 71,000 housing units, due to people living in overcrowded or inadequate conditions." OCHA says the provision of temporary housing solutions to these people is one of the major challenges facing the local authorities and the humanitarian community in the coming period. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general-emirates-international/1395269218414.html

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Al Maktoum Foundation signs contract to implement 10 water pumping stations in Sudan
posted on 02/09/2014

KHARTOUM: In implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E. Minister of Finance, and sponsored by the Al Maktoum Foundation, the foundation has signed a contract for the implementation of 10 water stations in South Darfur and West Kordofan in Sudan, at a cost of Dh1 million.
Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, Secretary-General of the Al Maktoum Foundation, said in a statement that the regions for the wells have been selected very carefully and that areas experiencing water scarcity that leads to a consequent struggle to supply tribes, in addition to the lack of clean water, guided the allocation of five wells in South Darfur and another five in West Kordofan.
Mr. bin Ghannam added that the project serves more than half a million people, and it is expected that these stations will lead to the stabilisation and reconstruction of large areas in the regions.
He said out that each water station consists of artesian wells, a water storage tank with a capacity of 25 cubic meters, pump and generator, and pipes for water distribution to citizens. Additionally, the wells are surrounded by protective wire and supply irrigation for animals in proportion to the nature of the pastoral zone.
A delegation from the Al Maktoum Foundation, headed by the Secretary-General and with the membership of Hamdan Hamid Mohammed, Cultural Counsellor of the Authority, visited Sudan last week and met with Ahmad Mohamed Adam, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, signing in his presence a contract with companies qualified to execute the project, which is expected to be completed within four months. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269121307.html

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Sultan Al Jaber attends launch of renovation project of Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo
posted on 01/09/2014

CAIRO: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E. Funded Development Projects in Egypt, has announced that a renowned Emirati personality who plays greater role in supporting culture, education and preservation of heritage, incurred the expenses of face-lifting the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
Dr. Sultan made the remarks here yesterday, while attending the launch of project to renovate the museum, deemed the biggest Islamic museum in the world. It includes 1,000 antique pieces. The event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Archaeology, Dr. Mamdouh el-Damati and Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Najla Al Ahwani.
The renovation project, which aims to conserve the Islamic heritage, comes in line with a string of the U.A.E. funded development projects in Egypt.
Dr. Sultan said the U.A.E. leadership issued the directives to provide all forms of support to Egypt, including preservation of the unique heritage enjoyed by Egypt.
El-Damati hailed the U.A.E. the material, technical and art support to Egypt, citing that the U.A.E. has extended its hands to renovate and restore the museum. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395269101940.html

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ERC is implementing developmental projects worth Dh53 million in Palestine
posted on 27/08/2014

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is currently undertaking a number of health, educational, religious and developmental projects in the occupied Palestinian territories valued at Dh 53 million.
ERC Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, emphasised the determination of the U.A.E. key relief agency to provide sustained assistance to the Palestinian people with the aim of supporting socio-economic development and easing their daily suffering.
He said the ERC was coordinating with the Palestinian Red Crescent, government bodies, non-governmental organisations, as well as with local municipalities and councils in the West Bank to implement these projects for the benefit of underprivileged Palestinians in Jerusalem, villages and refugee camps.
Rehabilitation of disabled persons, he added, had taken the lion's share of allocated funds at Dh 23 million. Education came second with Dh 20m, followed by Mosques with Dh 3.6m, health with Dh 3.5m while the remaining funds were channelled into soup kitchens projects.
Of the major projects were the Dh 21 million Emirates fund for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. The three-year project is carried out via the Palestinian Social Affairs Ministry and will serve 519 disabled persons. The ERC also offered Dh 7.3m in support of the Birzeit University and Dh 2.2m for purchasing medicines for thalassemia patients. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268943699.html

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