DUBAI, 30th September, 2018 (WAM) — Zulekha Healthcare Group has launched a cardiac social fund, entitled “Nabd Al Khair”, the Pulse of Charity, by co-investing with Dar Al Ber Society to ensure that advanced cardiac care is affordable and accessible to all communities in UAE. The initiative honours the Year of Zayed, celebrating the legacy of giving back to the community and promoting the strong values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.
The initiative, which exclusively serves the cardiac medical needs of those less fortunate, was launched at an event held in Dubai, in the presence of Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector in the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Dar Al Ber Society, Shri Vipul, Consul General of India to Dubai, Dr. Zulekha Daud, Founder and Chairperson of Zulekha Healthcare Group, Managing Director Taher Shams, and Co-chairperson Zanubia Shams.
Speaking at the event, Abdullah Al Falasi said, charity initiative aims to provide free treatment, healthcare and specialised operations to 200 heart patients by accumulating at least AED7 million, and up to AED10, million through donations.”
Cardiovascular diseases, CVD, and its associated burdens are increasing in developing countries, particularly in the UAE, and represent a key challenge in healthcare. CVD also accounts for a significant proportion of global deaths caused by non-communicable diseases among individuals aged under 70. According to Research Gate findings, if intervention is not improved, global annual CVD deaths will increase from 17.5 million in 2012 to 22.2 million by the year 2030.
Al Falasi stressed that the launch of this humanitarian health campaign comes in conjunction with Dar Al Ber’s initiatives for the Year of Zayed. Through such projects, each initiative strives to nurture the great legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan through performing good deeds and humanitarian projects, and by strengthening the instilled values of the UAE’s Founding Father.
Those who cannot afford to pay for high-end cardiac treatments can approach Dar Al Ber and Zulekha Healthcare Group for assistance. The hospital’s facilities in Dubai and Sharjah treat approximately 80 to 100 cardiac cases per month in Dubai and Sharjah. Since the launch of their Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting last year, the hospital has successfully performed 22 procedures.