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The march of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, was celebrated with donations, support and initiatives of global impact with the aim of advancing the health sector in the United Arab Emirates and the world, and strengthen the international system to combat the epidemics and diseases that most threaten human life.
Over the past few years, His Highness’ directives and vision formed the basis of the UAE’s initiatives, financial contributions, work and field projects aimed at strengthening health and treatment programs, implementing vaccination campaigns and providing vaccines around the world.
The “Covid 19” pandemic constituted one of the most difficult contemporary challenges that hit the world, in which the positions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan confirmed the human dimension that this man carries in his heart, by extending his helping hand near and far, opening hospitals and providing vaccines, and establishing humane cities, and sending aid to the world without discrimination or discrimination.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UAE has been one of the first countries to support initiatives aimed at mitigating the impact of the crisis around the world, accounting for 80% of the total volume of international response to affected countries during the pandemic.
The UAE took charge of the process of evacuating the citizens of many sister and friendly countries from China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the “Covid 19” virus outbreak, and transporting them to the Emirates Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi, while His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the establishment of drive-through survey centers to test for the emerging Corona virus, and the establishment of state-level field hospitals, to care for the sick and care for those infected with the Corona virus. disease, in addition to the state sponsorship of the families of those deceased due to the epidemic of all nationalities in the country, and took care of the expenses incurred in the treatment of the injured and isolation during the period of the injury, and established the “Emirates Fund – Homeland of Humanity” to unify national efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a related context, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, is one of the largest contributors to initiatives related to the elimination of neglected tropical diseases, which are the deadliest infectious diseases of the world. and rid poor and developing countries of diseases such as polio, malaria, guinea worm disease, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, in cooperation and partnership with relevant international agencies.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him, launched from Abu Dhabi in 2017 the Reaching the Last Mile Fund, a 10-year initiative, valued at $100 million, with the aim of paving the way to end two devastating neglected tropical diseases: onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. In 2018, the fund provided more than 13.5 million treatments for both patients and trained some 76,000 health workers to help expand treatment reach and areas .
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan established the Reach Institute in Abu Dhabi, through a partnership between His Highness and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute’s efforts are focused on eradicating 5 diseases, as the missions of the Institute focus on main areas, namely: Strengthen support provided to eradication problems Communicable diseases globally, advance disease elimination strategies, provide support through the development and implementation of strategies and plans to eliminate diseases in affected countries, innovate systems and tools to implement disease control plans, and provide thought leadership. role in developing and improving the tools and systems available to eliminate disease.
In addition, under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s initiative to eradicate polio in the world, the UAE project to help Pakistan, from early 2016 to September last year, provided 583 million , 240,876 doses. vaccination against polio, in 8 years, for more than 102 million Pakistani children.
According to the direction of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan, the campaign, in light of the outbreak of the “Covid 19 virus” and its challenges in the field, managed from July 2020 to September 2021 to deliver 127 million 664 thousand and 157 doses of vaccination. against the disease to children, targeted in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in Exceptional precautionary measures have been taken to protect vaccination teams, targeted children and their families.
The UAE is among the largest donors to support efforts to support malaria eradication, including the Partnership for Results-Based Management to End Malaria, a global platform to coordinate actions to rid the world of malaria, while the United Arab Emirates also serves as a leader in the field of management results, contributing to new operational research and additional advocacy efforts to eliminate malaria from the Roll Back Malaria Alliance, where there has been a significant decline in Malaria cases and deaths in the last 15 years.
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