ABU DHABI, 29th January, 2017 (WAM) — The Zayed Giving Initiative has launched an international humanitarian campaign for the Emirates Medicine Bank, under the supervision of volunteer doctors.
The campaign will seek to collect excess medications and medical supplies from individuals and institutions to offer to poor patients throughout the world at no cost, and distribute in mobile clinics and Emirati mobile volunteer hospitals. This follows a call by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for 2017 to become the Year of Giving.
The initiative comes after the initial successes of the Emirates Medicine Bank, since its establishment in 2011, in providing free local medical care during the last few years. The programme has contributed to easing the suffering of thousands of patients who did not ask for charity.
The international humanitarian campaign for the Emirates Medicine Bank aims to help vulnerable patients, regardless of their colour, race or creed, by enabling medical staff to perform international volunteer work.
The Emirates Medicine Bank is the first initiative of its kind in the region that collects excess medicine and medical supplies, then offers them to poor patients, said Dr. Adel Al Shameri, Executive Director of the Zayed Giving Initiative.
The willingness of the Zayed Giving Initiative, in partnership with public, private and non-profit organisations, to adopt innovative ideas and transform them into reality, has helped to ease the suffering of vulnerable patients, he added.
He also noted the creation of volunteer groups to collect medicines, as well as used or unused medical supplies from homes and institutions. These will then be redistributed to patients through humanitarian institutions and organisations, after the safety of the supplies has been confirmed by a team of specialised pharmacists.