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New eye camps to benefit thousands

Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, and Shaikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, have supported the establishment of four new Noor Dubai eye camps, that will extend medical facilities to thousands of patients suffering from eye ailments. This gesture comes on the occasion of the first birthday of their son, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 21 Jun 2012, 9:56 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:20 PM

A patient being treated for eye ailment at a camp. — Supplied photo

The campaign was launched earlier this week from the Togolese Republic in West Africa and is scheduled to run for another eight days before continuing its journey to Sri Lanka. The camp will move to the Kingdom of Morocco after Ramadan and will then head to Pakistan. The non-profit charitable foundation will aim to provide underprivileged patients with medical treatment, including eye surgeries, spectacles and primary eye care.

Shaikha Manal said: “The ability to see is the most precious blessing that we have received from God. For many us, it is inconceivable to imagine a life spent in darkness — without the ability to view our world and loved ones. Under the wise guidance of our leadership, the UAE has always held humanitarian causes as a priority, which further reflects our nation’s benevolent spirit of social service and charity, without prejudice or discrimination of gender, race or religion. With that in mind, this initiative was founded as a global campaign dedicated to combat preventable and treatable blindness among the underserved population of the world, to return the gift of sight to people who have lost the hope of treatment due to poverty.”

She added, “It is our honour and privilege to support this noble cause, to commemorate the first birthday of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is our intention to use this joyous occasion, to not only celebrate our son but share our happiness with others and also inspire them to make their own contribution in the fight against blindness and visual impairment.”

Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, chairman of the board of trustees of the Noor Dubai Foundation and director-general of the Dubai Health Authority, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Shaikh Mansour and Shaikha Manal for making the happy occasion of their child’s birthday as a positive opportunity to deliver support and assistance to others.

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