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Hamdan Medical Award, ICRC discuss cooperation 21 May 2019
Dubai-May2019: Mr. Abdullah Bin Souqat, Executive Director of the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, received a delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the headquarters of the Award in Dubai, to discusses ways and means of Cooperation with the Awards. The ICRC delegation consisted of Ms. Sophie Barbey, Head of Mission in the UAE, and Ms. Ruba Afani, Humanitarian Affairs and Partnerships Advisor.
Ms. Barbey thanked H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Patron of the Award, for awarding the ICRC with the ‘Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical and Humanitarian Services Volunteers Award-2017-2018’.
“The Award represents a deep recognition of the dedicated work and efforts of our colleagues in the health sector, as well as the humanitarian action of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement. Our primary goal remains in alleviating the suffering of those affected by armed conflict and other violence”, she said.
“The prize was attributed to the medical assistance program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and it is a great honor for us to be a partner in alleviating the suffering of the needy around the world”, she added.
On his part, Mr. Bin Souqat highlighted the Award’s keenness to honor those who help people in exceptional circumstances, such as crises, epidemics, famine, wars and natural disasters, while noting that the ICRC deserved to win the award, in light of its humanitarian and volunteer work.
“In view of the vast impact of ICRC’s contributions, as well as the impressive success, through volunteerism, the Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services is a well-deserved recognition for ICRC for the term 2017-2018”, he said.
“All the achievements of the Award in the field of science and volunteerism stemmed from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Dubai Health Authority, which aims to honor all who have to do with the promotion of a better life for the benefit of all mankind”, he added.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was honored at the recently concluded 10th term of the Hamdan Medical Award, where HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the 16 winners of this term of the Award at a ceremony held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. The event was graced by the presence of several ministers, health and medical officials, and dignitaries and official delegates representing the countries the winners represented.