Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) launched today a dedicated COVID-19 Fund in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.
The Fund calls on residents to support private hospitals at the frontline of COVID-19 care, and its patients. Since March, several private hospitals have been enlisted to support the UAE Government's response to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. In Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), as of April three of the free zone's five hospitals - Mediclinic City Hospital, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital-Dubai, and Emirates Specialty Hospital, have been added to the COVID-19 care network with close to 400 beds. These hospitals provide essential infrastructure, equipment, supplies, workforce, and additional resources while being agile to accommodate changing logistics and different patient treatment areas as per case severity.
To help alleviate the pressure and to support these hospitals to care for current and future patients, the DHCA COVID-19 Fund will provide timely respite. Charity partner Al Jalila Foundation will receive the funds raised in the UAE and will assess the needs of DHCC-based clinical facilities and/or patients, and donations will be channelled accordingly.
The agreement to launch the fund was inked by Jamal Abdulsalam, CEO, DHCA, and Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO, Al Jalila Foundation, this week.
Commenting on the call for funding, Abdulsalam said, "All around the world people have been demonstrating solidarity and generosity to help those in need in these extraordinary times. The DHCA COVID-19 Fund adds to relief efforts made at a national level with an aim to sustain and improve healthcare capacity. In the UAE, the spirit of collaboration among regulators, providers, healthcare professionals, and the strong partnership between the government and private sector has made it possible to provide unprecedented patient care. With the support of Al Jalila Foundation, we hope to continue the good work."
The Fund also strengthens DHCA's efforts towards capacity building through another recent initiative, its Volunteering Program, and extends crucial support to the DHCC Community with 190+ clinical facilities. "Through two types of donations - medical equipment, and patient care, we will help existing COVID-19 facilities as well as directly assist patients affected by the virus who do not have the means to pay for their care," added Abdulsalam.
Al Jalila Foundation has been supporting patient care since its inception in 2013, investing over AED 62 million to provide life-saving treatment to UAE-based patients in need. Al Olama said, "The COVID-19 global outbreak has reminded us of the great need for pioneering research and medical breakthroughs to end life-threatening diseases and save lives. For the first time in our lifetimes, the whole world is more connected, working together to manage the greatest public health crisis affecting mankind. The sense of community around the world is proof that humanity has no bounds. We are grateful to Dubai Healthcare City Authority for its generosity and partnership; we are confident that together we can protect the DHCC community's health and safety so that we can emerge from these extraordinary times stronger, together."
Members of the public can donate via bank transfer or credit card. Benefactors can also donate in kind. For details on the Fund and to donate, visit https://www.dhcr.gov.ae/en/covid-19#FundBtn. For queries, email DHCAFund@dhca.gov.ae.