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16 Apr 2018 description

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, disburses final US$12 million of US$120 million commitment made in 2013

GENEVA (16 April 2018) – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced today that the UAE has completed the US$ 120 million commitment made by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi.

10 Apr 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 10th April, 2018 (WAM) -- Since the onset of the Rohingya crisis last year, UNHCR has sent 16 emergency flights loaded with relief items to Southern Bangladesh. "Twelve of these flights came out of Dubai, and the UAE paid for the transportation costs of eight of them, valued between $1.5 - 2 million," according to the head of the UN Refugee Agency in the UAE.

03 Apr 2018 description

Geneva, 3 April 2018

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Thank you all for coming.

On 5 January, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided the first funding in 2018 to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. We provided a grant of US$50 million. That was the largest ever grant provided under the CERF and it was possible only because a lot of you provide generous, core, un-earmarked contributions to the CERF. And I want to thank in particular the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway who are the largest contributors to the CERF.

13 Mar 2018 description

The UAE Embassy in Khartoum held a reception to inaugurate the programmes of the Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign for treating women and children and the Fatima bint Mubarak Volunteering Programme in Sudan.

Hamad Mohammed Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Sudan, and his embassy’s staff received the reception’s guests, which included Ahmed Mohammed Adam, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in Sudan, a delegation from the General Women’s Union, the campaign’s supervisors, and invited members of the diplomatic corps in Sudan.

12 Mar 2018 description


  • In February, the health sector was on the brink of collapse as fuel for generators was rapidly depleting. The MoH implemented strict contingency measures, including the partial closure of three hospitals and reduction of services in 23 primary healthcare clinics. By the end of February, donations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar for fuel, helped to restore some of the services, but the donations will only be enough for a period of up to 6 months, maximum until August.

07 Mar 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 6th March, 2018 (WAM) -- The delegation from the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation is continuing its tour of African countries, to explore the needs of their citizens in terms of sustainability, charity and education, as well as to establish related projects, as part of the foundation’s Year of Zayed celebrations.

20 Feb 2018 description

DUBAI, 19th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Dar Al Ber Society carried out up to 15,149 charity projects, worth AED120,829,544, around the world in 2017.

These diverse charitable and humanitarian projects fell under 19 major initiatives, including four relief campaigns in four Arab countries in crises: Syria, Yemen, Palestine, and Somalia.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Dar Al Ber, said that the leading charity association, based in Dubai, successfully carried out a line-up of projects for the benefit of vulnerable people last year.

17 Feb 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 17th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has implemented the first phase of the relief, medical and logistics aid programme valued at AED 8 million, provided by the UAE to support the humanitarian situation in Angola.

13 Feb 2018 description
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I reiterate the Secretary-General’s statement welcoming the generous US$1 billion pledge by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to support humanitarian action in Yemen, as well as their commitment to raise an additional $500 million from other donors in the region.

09 Feb 2018 description

All too often, young people in the Arab states are portrayed as universally, perpetually in despair. While indeed many Arab countries are in a state of turmoil, the truth is that young people across the region are finding ways to keep their societies moving forward.

08 Feb 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 7th February, 2018 (WAM)- The United Arab Emirates has provided US$ 2 million in support of the UN programme for supplying electricity to hospitals across the Gaza strip, under directives of the His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The UAE aid comes to make up for the reduction in electricity supply to the Gaza Strip hospitals.

04 Feb 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 3rd February, 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE doctors have launched the second phase of the operational stage of the Zayed Humanitarian Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya refugees, by increasing its capacity to 200 patients per day.

The capacity of outpatient clinics have been increased to receive maximum number of patients, especially children and the elderly, due to the large number of refugees in the UAE field hospital.

30 Jan 2018 description


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical public health issue globally. If we are to preserve human and animal health, policy interventions and global collaboration are vital to improve our understanding of AMR dynamics and to inform containment and mitigation strategies.

30 Jan 2018 description

KUALA LUMPUR, 29th January, 2018 (WAM) -- A UAE-Malaysian humanitarian aircraft took off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to the camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, carrying relief supplies for Rohingya refugees, as part of the joint efforts of the UAE and Malaysia to help the refugees.

Khalid Ghanem Al Ghaith, UAE Ambassador to Malaysia, Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razzaq, Malaysian Prime Minister, and Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Minister of Defence and Minister with Special Functions at the Prime Minister's Department and Chief of Staff, attended the plane’s departure.

25 Jan 2018 description


The following statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was issued today:

17 Jan 2018 description

MOCHA, 16th January, 2018 (WAM) -- UAE Armed Forces medical teams working with the Arab Coalition Forces, led by Saudi Arabia, are performing their humanitarian role in the liberated areas of the West Coast of Yemen by treating vulnerable patients and reaching out to them in their homes.

17 Jan 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 12th January, 2018 (WAM) -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has signed a cooperation agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support emergency care for mothers and newborns in the Al Mukalla province in Yemen's Hadramout governorate, as part of efforts to ensure access to essential and life-saving emergency services for the displaced and their host communities.

14 Jan 2018 description

The UAE provided over 254.4 million units of polio vaccine to more than 43 million Pakistani children between 2014 and 2017, through its anti-polio drive in the country.

The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE-PAP, was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to support the health sector and strengthen the polio prevention programmes in Pakistan.

08 Jan 2018 description

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Health threats reported in 2017

In 2017, a variety of emerging and reemerging infectious disease threats were reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Most of the threats began in 2016, including chikungunya in Pakistan, or were already endemic in the country, for example, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Afghanistan. However, new threats, such as diphtheria in Yemen, have also been observed this year.

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