Emirates News Agency – 33 million beneficiaries thanks to Noor Dubai eye treatment and prevention programs worldwide

DUBAI, 29th April, 2022 (WAM) — The Noor Dubai Foundation, one of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has managed to benefit 33 million people worldwide, through its treatment, prevention and awareness specializing in the prevention of blindness.

This was reported at the annual meeting of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, where an inspiring patient story was shared, also documenting Noor Dubai’s journey since its launch in 2008.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted on his personal account yesterday expressing his pride that 145,000 volunteers have joined the initiatives in 2021, while His Highness also tweeted, ” proud of Noor Dubai which has reached 33 million beneficiaries.”

Since its launch as an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2008, Noor Dubai has helped care for those in need in 22 countries around the world, supporting humanitarian efforts and community prosperity. Following the success of the initiative in its first year, HH launched Noor Dubai as a foundation in 2010.

Despite the progress made by Noor Dubai and other institutions in this area, there is still a need to provide eye care services to those in need. According to statistics published by the World Health Organization, 295 million people worldwide suffer from visual impairment, 80% of them can be treated or prevented from developing visual impairment and 90% of people with visual impairment reside in developing countries.

Despite the challenges facing the world, especially the humanitarian sector, due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally, Noor Dubai was able to overcome all the challenges in one year and exceed its targeted beneficiaries to reach 33 million beneficiaries in a short time. of time.

The Noor Dubai Foundation programs focus on supporting the acceleration of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 4, 5, 17 by developing programs and strategies for eye health in Africa and around the world. Asia that aim to empower the local community to control the disease, which will have a positive impact on the economic development of the countries where the treatment took place.

Nationally, the Foundation provides free eye screenings and consultations to the UAE community through the Mobile Eye Clinic program, which has benefited 30,050 patients since the program launched in 2014.

The clinic aims to offer eye exams to patients in their place in various parts of the country through the implementation of prevention campaigns.

The campaigns mainly focus on public transport drivers, community schools and work accommodation to ensure that eye exam services are accessible to all members of the community.

The Foundation also provides treatment to UAE residents who suffer from serious eye diseases through the UAE Treatment Program, which has successfully provided treatment to 245 patients since its launch in 2016.

Globally, the Noor Dubai Foundation runs Mobile Eye Camps in remote areas of Asia and Africa, where the lack of healthcare infrastructure and sanitation resources in these remote areas, in addition to extreme poverty, makes it difficult for patients to access the services they need. 319,280 patients benefited from the program through diagnostic and treatment services.

The Noor Dubai Foundation is also continuing its journey in the fight against neglected tropical diseases through the trachoma eradication program in northern Ethiopia. The Foundation succeeded in eliminating trachoma as a public health problem in 29% of the Amhara region and treated 18 million people.

Trachoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, with more than 1.9 million people suffering visual impairment as a result of complications from trachoma. As a member of the Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) and the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC), the Noor Dubai Foundation is involved in shaping policy for the control of neglected tropical diseases that affect one billion of people in the world.

In line with its strategic direction for comprehensive and long-term programs, in 2019 Noor Dubai launched an eye care program in Katsina State, Nigeria, where all program activities were integrated into the public health system, including the development of local care, human, material and infrastructure capacities and resources.

The program aims to improve the quality of life and socio-economic status of residents of Katsina State and will help reduce blindness and visual impairment in the state by at least 30-40%. To date, more than 24,000 patients have received medical and diagnostic services and 7.5 million people have benefited from public health programs aimed at educating about diseases causing visual impairment.

In 2021, Noor Dubai launched a 5-year program in partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation, to reduce avoidable blindness by strengthening the eye health system to provide a more comprehensive and sustainable approach in addition to providing eye care services gender-equitable and disability-inclusive in the Barishal Division of Bangladesh.

The program aims to provide effective and affordable prevention, treatment and management of refractive error and diabetic retinopathy, the leading causes of blindness in Barishal.

This program should benefit 25,000 children, 50,000 adults and sensitize and educate nearly 4 million people in Barisal.

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