Dubai Police, Noor Dubai sign MoU

DUBAI - Dubai Police and Noor Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding ( MoU) on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ongoing Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD ), to expand the scope of work between the two entities in the field of prevention and treatment of curable blindness and low vision.



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Published: Thu 28 Mar 2013, 1:50 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:31 AM

The MoU was signed between Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, and Essa Al Maidoor, Chairman of the board of Directors of Noor Dubai, at the Noor Dubai stand at DIHAD which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre.

As per the MoU, Dubai Police will contribute a total of AED two million over the next three years, this includes AED 500,000 which Dubai Police donated to Noor Dubai as part of its inmates screening program last year.

This year, the MoU aims to extend the partnership between the two entities for the next three years and the scope of work will be expanded to help restore vision, provide treatment and educational programs in countries outside the UAE, where Noor Dubai camps take place.

Some of the countries Noor Dubai has held eye camps at include Mali, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia etc.

Lt Gen Tamim said: “This donation and initiative is part of our humanitarian efforts. As part of our corporate social responsibility ( CSR) activities, Dubai Police partners with multiple initiatives including governmental organisations and NGOs that are involved with various humanitarian organisations.”

“This particular initiative is important as it helps restore the gift of vision and therefore this year we have entered into a long-term partnership with Noor Dubai. The funding we provide will be used by Noor Dubai for their camps across Africa and Asia and the aim is to help restore vision, provide treatment for sight-threatening diseases as well as provide education and training.”

Al Maidoor thanked Dubai Police for this noble initiative. He said: “Dubai Police is known for the CRS activities that they provide and we are thankful for the support the organisation has provided Noor Dubai.”

He provided an overview of the inmates screening program undertaken by Noor Dubai last year in partnership with Dubai Police and said: “It is heartening to see the excellent healthcare facilities available to prison inmates in Dubai. Out of the total number of inmates screened in the UAE by Noor Dubai, only eight per cent of inmates needed transfer to hospital for management of their eye problems. In Dubai, of the 293 inmates screened, 26 were diabetic and only one needed transfer to hospital for further treatment. Dubai Police has a hospital and ophthalmologists for inmates and Noor Dubai was pleased to support Dubai Police in its effort to screen diabetic patients to ensure early diagnosis of any eye disease.”

He added that over the next three years, Noor Dubai will travel outside the country, to Asia and Africa, as part of its effort in blindness prevention and treatment of low vision. “Since its inception, 6.19 million people have benefitted from the Noor Dubai initiative- of these, 1,112,070 patients received treatment, 4,023,204 patients underwent steps for prevention of sight-threatening diseases and the foundation trained and educated 1,058,522 people so that the work for blindness prevention remains an ongoing task. The foundation has reached out to a significant number of people globally and it’s our aim to continue this effort. Our message to the people would be to come forward and support such initiatives because the outcome of this positive initiative is reflected in the number of people who have benefitted from it.”


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