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Support scheme records 80,000 frontliners protecting UAE from Covid-19

Staff Reporter /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 7, 2020 | Last updated on September 7, 2020 at 11.52 pm
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It aims to not only recognise and champion their commitment to public service but also to support their ongoing well-being.

A national database of over 80,000 frontline workers and volunteers actively protecting the UAE and its residents from Covid-19 has been set up. The database established by the Frontline Heroes Office is a significant milestone in an initiative to care for and champion those who put themselves on the first line of defence against the virus.

The registry includes healthcare practitioners, police, essential service providers, crisis managers, security and emergency service providers, humanitarian agencies, sterilisation personnel and volunteers.

It aims to not only recognise and champion their commitment to public service but also to support their ongoing well-being through a wide range of targeted support services and programmes.

It collates data provided directly by entities at the federal and emirate levels involved in the pandemic response. This includes entities under the umbrella of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), and licensed healthcare facilities in every emirate.

The Frontline Heroes Office was established in July 2020 by a decree of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The office is mandated to listen and respond to the challenges and priorities of the UAE's frontline professionals; implement short-term and long-term solutions to directly address those needs; and ensure those who sacrifice and put themselves at risk to protect the people of the UAE are nationally recognised and celebrated. The Frontline Heroes Office will deliver on its mandate through partnerships and collaborations with government entities, the private sector and the wider community across the Emirates through a wide range of initiatives and special programmes. 

Staff Reporter

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