ERC signs cooperation agreement with Mali’s Ministry of Health.

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Health and Hygiene in Mali to promote the capacities of the medical sector in the country.

According to the agreement, the ERC will fund the restoration of two critical hospitals in the capital Bamako, and supply them with the required medical equipment and supplies. The project also includes the restoration of Point G and Gabriel Tore hospitals and providing them with laboratory equipment, clean water network, general maintenance of the two hospitals and enhancing their medical and therapeutic efficiency.

The cooperation agreement was signed recently by Mohammed Salem Al Junaibi, Head of the ERC delegation, who was visiting Mali to implement several humanitarian tasks, and by Dr Samba Othman, Mali’s Minister of Health and Hygiene.

Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary General of the ERC, stressed that the health projects to be implemented in Mali reflect the keenness of the UAE leadership to support development efforts in Mali. He noted that these projects are monitored consistently by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC.

Othman expressed his country’s thanks and appreciation to the UAE for its humanitarian support to the people during the crises it witnessed, while stressing that the UAE is providing substantial assistance to refugees in Mali.

He thanked the ERC for its continuous support and noted that the agreement is an excellent initiative from the ERC to promote its presence in the country and its attention to improve the health sector.

The ERC had reinforced its health, humanitarian and development efforts in the country since the deterioration of the situation over there, and led an international alliance that included many international humanitarian organisations to face the humanitarian challenges. The ERC projects in the country in the health sector was aimed at improving the health and well-being of children and mothers through allocating health programme consisting of providing health care to children below five years of age suffering from malnutrition, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

The project that was implemented with the UNICEF benefitted around 345,600 children, and 80,000 pregnant women, with 95 percent of children receiving vaccines against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, persistent infections, hepatitis and measles. The project also covered 80 percent of pregnant women and new-born babies.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs