On the occasion of Zayed Humanitarian Day, we celebrate the philanthropic spirit of the UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who as one of the world’s greatest humanitarians extended his generosity and support improving the quality of life enjoyed by all people in the Emirates today.
Ramadan is a wonderful time of the year where the spirit of giving shines bright and we are proud of the UAE’s humanitarian achievements spreading hope to the world. Whilst this Ramadan may be very different, the values remain the same. We have already seen so many acts of kindness as the community rallies together to help people at the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and those financially impacted by it. The unprecedented global health crisis has reminded us that humanity has no bounds and unity will be our guiding light towards a stronger tomorrow.
Through our work we pay tribute to Sheikh Zayed and his legacy whose values of wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development push us ever further to make a difference to the lives of people.
As we reflect on a remarkable 2019 we, at Al Jalila Foundation, pledge our continued commitment to the vision of our Founder, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation. Al Jalila Foundation is underpinned by three pillars: treatment, education and research and everything we do is to improve lives be it through supporting a hopeful patient, an aspiring student or a pioneering scientist. Each step we take brings with it a new sense of hope lighting the path for a brighter tomorrow. 2019 saw Al Jalila Foundation invest AED 25 million in a number of healthcare programs to transform lives.
There has never been a greater need for life-saving treatment and medical breakthroughs that could end this pandemic and save millions of lives; and, Al Jalila Foundation remains steadfast in supporting the government’s efforts to protect human life.
We can not forget those most vulnerable in society who continue to need medical treatment for pre-existing life-threatening illnesses.
Even during these very uncertain times, we are optimistic that the future is brighter for patients because of the advances in the healthcare industry and we are encouraged by the support we receive from our donor community. By funding life-changing research, we give doctors the power to shed light onto new and better treatment options, and ultimately give hope to patients.
As we commemorate Sheikh Zayed and a special day dedicated to humanity, we are proud of what we have achieved with the generosity and support of our valued partners – you.
Our commitment to medical research is steadfast and we continue to support brilliant researchers in the UAE leading studies in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health. In response to the novel Coronavirus global pandemic, we have expanded our research portfolio to include COVID-19 and other viral diseases. We are proud that as a young foundation we have awarded almost 100 research grants since 2014, investing AED 25 million to empower researchers to push the boundaries of science in their quest for medical discoveries that can be translated into improved treatment and therapies to save patients’ lives. Our research community has contributed to publications in 245 international journals.
Sheikh Zayed believed “Education is like a lantern which lights your way in a dark alley.” and honouring this value we awarded 20 scholarships to outstanding Emirati students fortifying the UAE’s medical landscape for generations to come. Our Ta’alouf training program also saw the graduation of 297 parents and teachers brightening the lives of hundreds of children of determination and their families. The first of its kind flagship program has been instrumental in empowering children to reach their full potential and has brought communities closer together.
Our healthcare achievements cannot be discussed without mentioning the people whose precious lives have been forever changed thanks to quality medical care. In the UAE, more than 235 patients in need, including 189 young children, were able to receive lifesaving treatment giving them a new lease of life and renewed hope for the future. Internationally, we have provided 1.07 million tetanus vaccines as part of global campaign to protect the lives of mothers and babies in underdeveloped countries.
Every day we are inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s leadership, his dedication to be of service to others and his unwavering commitment to our great nation and its citizens.
As a member of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which aims to improve the Arab world through humanitarian, developmental and community work, Al Jalila Foundation is proud to play a role in ‘putting humanity first’ and since inception has provided aid to almost 6 million beneficiaries, locally and internationally, supporting MBRGI in its mission to improve human life.
May Sheikh Zayed’s legacy continue to inspire each one of us to make the world a better place leaving a legacy that we can all be proud of.
I hope that you will continue to follow our news and find inspiration from the stories of courage, determination and innovation that we, together, have been privileged to be part of.
My team and I extend our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support. Despite these challenging times we remain hopeful that this shall pass and a brighter, stronger tomorrow awaits us.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama
Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors
Al Jalila Foundation