The Dubai Health Authority( DHA) and Dubai Charity Association signed a memorandum of understanding(MOU) to support DHA’s Mosaadah (assistance) program, which aims to provide medical treatment to patients with financial constraints.
The Mosaadah program, is one of the key initiatives of the DHA. Through this program, the authority reaches out to both locals and non-locals who require medical treatment but cannot afford it.
The MoU was signed by His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority and His Excellency Ahmed Mesmar, General Secretary of the Dubai Charity Association in presence of a number of high-ranking officials.
HE Al Maidoor highlighted the importance of such initiatives which help alleviate the suffering of the needy and to ensure that they have access to high-quality healthcare.
As part of the program, the association will aid the Moussadah program to cover the cost of medication and treatment for chronic patients in DHA hospitals who cannot afford the cost of their medications.
Salem bin Lahej, head of the Mosaadah program said: “This is a joint initiative to ensure that patients with chronic diseases do not stop their treatment because they cannot afford it. This partnership will look into various ways of helping patients and their families with financial constraints.”
He said the two sides are looking into organising special activities for the Holy month of Ramadan including Iftar for patients and their families.
Mesmar said: “We are pleased to collaborate with the DHA for this humanitarian project. We will help patients who cannot afford treatment through a number of initiatives in partnership with the DHA.”
Bin Lahej said: ” In 2013, the program reached out to 600 patients and we spent four million dirhams on their treatment and Dh 280,000 on equipment for them which included beds, wheelchairs, oxygen machine etc. We are very thankful to the various sponsors who helped us in our endeavour. We believe that this MoU will provide a further boost to this initiative.”
He said patients with various medical conditions including burns, cardiac problems, cancer patients etc. were provided treatment through this initiative.
Those interested to volunteer and/or donate, may contact representatives of the Mosaadah program at 009714 2197474.