AED10 million to support the Hamdan Bin Rashid ‎Cancer Charity Hospital 16 August 2022
Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit healthcare ‎organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical ‎innovation and a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al ‎Maktoum Global Initiatives, announced that Moafaq Ahmed Al ‎Gaddah & Sons had pledged AED10 million to support the Hamdan ‎Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital, the UAE’s first charity hospital ‎for helping cancer patients in need.‎
Named after the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ‎hospital will provide best-in-class outpatient, ambulatory and ‎diagnostic services as well as inpatient and surgical services in a ‎nurturing environment that prides itself on personalised patient ‎care. With a capacity to treat 30,000 patients a year, the ‎comprehensive charity hospital aims to redefine cancer care for ‎those in need and become a beacon of hope for patients and their ‎families.‎
In the 14 months since the hospital’s announcement, Al Jalila ‎Foundation has already raised AED390 million, surpassing the 50 ‎percent milestone of the AED750 million fundraising target. Al Jalila ‎Foundation has received significant donations from philanthropists, ‎government and non-government organisations, UAE businesses ‎and corporates.‎
According to the World Health Organisation, cancer is the second ‎leading cause of death globally, accounting for one in six deaths. The ‎cancer burden continues to grow globally, exerting tremendous ‎physical, emotional and financial strain on individuals, families, ‎communities and health systems. Studies show that low-income ‎cancer patients cannot access timely quality diagnosis and life-saving ‎treatment. Survival rates are dependent on accessible early detection ‎and quality medical care.‎
Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said, ‎‎"The health and wellbeing of the UAE’s citizens and residents is one ‎of Al Jalila Foundation’s top priorities. The Hamdan Bin Rashid ‎Cancer Charity Hospital will become a leader in cancer care, serving ‎patients unable to afford quality care. Donor support is integral to ‎our success in developing the state-of-the-art hospital. We are ‎grateful to MAG Group for their generous donation that will greatly ‎impact the lives of adults and children with cancer. The hospital will ‎offer unparalleled cancer expertise and make an invaluable ‎contribution to the country’s healthcare sector, putting patient care ‎first."‎
MAG Group Holding has a strong philosophy underlined by the ‎belief that every individual plays a vital role in developing, ‎preserving, and sustaining their communities.‎
Moafaq Ahmed Al Gaddah, Chairman and Founder of MAG Group ‎Holding, said, "The world grows in kindness when we give in ‎kindness. It is with pride that we give to the future of our ‎community and this nation. The unconditional gifts of time and ‎money are a life-changing force for good in the world. As people ‎become more prosperous and economies grow stronger, it is our ‎duty to create an opportunity to build an ever-stronger culture of ‎giving the right to live across the world. The UAE and Dubai ‎governments encourage the spirit of generosity. They have created ‎an environment where a strong civil society can flourish, allowing ‎people to reach out to those less fortunate than themselves. We are ‎proud and honoured to support Al Jalila Foundation in its noble ‎efforts to establish the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital ‎to improve the lives of cancer patients."‎