Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the UAE’s donation of USD 10 million to WHO to support its efforts in combating Cholera in Yemen, during a meeting with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) in Marmoum, on Thursday.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Dr. Ghebreyesus discussed relations and cooperation between the UAE and WHO and the UAE’s efforts to provide aid to people in disaster and crisis areas around the world. They also discussed the UAE’s efforts to develop healthcare sector both domestically and its contributions to boost healthcare serves in underprivileged communities around the globe.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid affirmed the UAE Government’s commitment to continue developing healthcare services by establishing world-class healthcare facilities, providing specialised medical services, attracting best talents and producing high-quality cadres from local educational institutes. He also highlighted UAE’s efforts in the field of medical and pharmaceutical research.
Sheikh Mohammed also expressed his appreciation for WHO’s efforts to enhance health conditions, rallying international efforts to combat epidemics and launching new programmes to help enhancing people’s quality of life. The Vice President also affirmed UAE’s commitment to support WHO’s programmes and initiatives. The meeting also discussed UAE’s contributions to the poliomyelitis fighting worldwide and cholera epidemic fighting in Yemen.
WHO Director-General praised UAE’s support for international efforts to fight epidemics and enhance healthcare services around the world. He also highlighted UAE’s healthcare programmes and initiatives that significantly contributed in improving life of people all over the world. Ghebreyesus also highlighted the accomplishments in UAE healthcare sector that is considered model for the region.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Chairman of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi; Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman Al Owais; Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy; and Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai Khalifa Saeed Suleiman.