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Fujairah Ruler honoured as Personality of the Year by Sultan bin Khalifa International Thalassemia Awards 2015

posted on 20/11/2015: 1439 views

A ceremony was held yesterday at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi to honour H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah following his selection as the Personality of the Year for 2015 by the Sultan bin Khalifa International Thalassemia Awards.

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President and the award's chief patron, handed the coveted award to Sheikh Hamad, in recognition of his unprecedented contributions to improving lives of the Thalassemia patients in the UAE and abroad.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan delivered a speech in which he extended greetings to Sheikh Hamad and praised his humanitarian efforts and initiatives in the UAE and other countries. He also congratulated the other winners of the award's different categories.

Sultan bin Khalifa International Thalassemia Award is a non-profit non-governmental organisation dedicated to value substantive efforts and contributions that have been made towards improving quality of life of patients with thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies, by Individuals and Institutions, at National, Regional or International level.

The 2nd edition of the award saw total cash prizes increased by 30 percent to AED 1.2 million, and addition of a new category for achievements in the Arab world.

Thalassemia and hemoglobinopathies is a major public health issue in the UAE, which affects so many families at social, medical, financial and psychological levels. Regular blood screenings campaigns in general are the best way to help reduce the presence of hereditary diseases in the country.

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the chief patron of the awardhas spearheaded efforts within the region to initiate many projects for the benefit of thalassemia Patients and their families. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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