Zayed Giving Initiative launches international humanitarian campaign for Emirates Medicine Bank

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 them to mobile clinics and Emirati mobile volunteer hospitals.

The move follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to make 2017 the Year of Giving.

The initiative comes in the wake of 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.

The international humanitarian campaign for the Emirates Medicine Bank aims to help vulnerable patients, irrespective of their colour, race or creed, through 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 the poor patients, said Dr. Adel al Shameri, Executive Director of the Zayed Giving Initiative and the President of Emirati Doctors.

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 ease the suffering of vulnerable patients, he added.

He also referred to 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.