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UAE's National Emergency Response Programme leaves for Pakistan on first foreign mission

posted on 23/09/2010: 1270 views

Volunteers of SANID will leave yesterday for Pakistan on the maiden foreign mission after it was launched earlier this year as the country's first national emergency response programme.

The initiative comes in translation of the directives of National Security Advisor H.H Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan within the framework of the UAE's official assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the recent flooding. UAE Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Board of Emirates Foundation H.H Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will follow up the mission, which is being sent to provide relief operations to help the flood victims.

The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Takatof Programme for Social Volunteering jointly launched the UAE's new National Emergency Response Programme, "Sanid" earlier in January this year.

Sanid - meaning "Support" in Arabic - continues to recruit and train volunteers all over the country to respond to national and local emergencies.

Sanid was established in line with directives from President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and with the support of H.H Lt. General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The team of SANID volunteers will be stationed at the Ibrahimi Hospital in Peshawar, from where they will work to alleviate the sufferings of the people displaced by the worst natural disaster in the history of Pakistan.

The Director General of the National Emergency and Crisis management Authority Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi said that the mission will test the capability of its first group of volunteers who have undergone intensive training. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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