Dubai Cares donates $1m to combat de-worming
Dubai, April 4, 2012
Dubai Cares, a UAE-based philanthropic organisation, will donate Dh3.67 million ($1 million) for a school-based de-worming programme that will treat children under the age of 14 in Angola.
Dubai Cares has partnered with The END Fund, the world’s first private donor-advised fund dedicated to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), to treat children across five districts in Angola for various NTDs.
The contribution from Dubai Cares will help the Fund move closer towards its goal of treating over 50 million people in the next five years.
NTDs are a group of parasitic and bacterial infections that are the most common afflictions of the world's poorest people. They blind, disable and disfigure their victims, trapping them in a desperate cycle of poverty and disease.
Research shows that treating NTDs lifts millions out of poverty by keeping children in school so they can learn and prosper, by strengthening worker productivity and improving maternal and child health. NTDs treatment is one of the highest impact development approaches.
Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive officer of Dubai Cares, said, “Dubai Cares is delighted to announce its partnership with The END Fund. As a result of our partnership, one million children will receive de-worming tablets – administered orally once every 6 months – that will help reduce worm-related morbidity and ensure children receive vital nutrition fundamental to their ability to go to and stay in school.”
The END Fund’s chairman William Campbell said: “We thank Dubai Cares for its generosity in providing treatments for over one million children in some of the poorest areas of the world.”
“This pioneering investment in partnership with the END Fund adds further momentum behind our goal of eradicating Africa’s seven most prevalent NTDs by 2020. The END Fund offers an exceptional social investment opportunity for those interested in transforming millions of lives and getting children back into school.”
The END Fund was seeded with grants from some of the world’s most innovative philanthropists including the Campbell Family Foundation, Gates Foundation, Geneva Global and Legatum Foundation. – TradeArabia News Service