The UAE Government paid the costs related to stem cell therapy of critical patients of COVID-19. Emirates Red Crescent became a patron and provided care to the families of those who died of COVID-19. The UAE set up a fund named ‘The Fund of the United Arab Emirates: Homeland of Humanity’ to unify the national efforts to combat the illness. The UAE provided humanitarian aid to many countries to help them fight the illness.
Free stem-cell therapy to critical patients of COVID-19
H. H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, offered to pay all costs related to stem cell therapy of critical patients of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The initiative of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan came after Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center (ADSCC) announced the development of an innovative and promising treatment for COVID-19 infections using stem cells. Stem-cell therapy involves extracting stem cells from the patient’s blood and reintroducing them after activating them. The treatment was administered to 73 COVID-19 patients in the UAE and they have all got cured of the virus.
On 19 April 2020, the UAE launched the ‘10 million meals’ campaign to support low-income families and individuals who have been affected financially by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Coinciding with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the nationwide campaign enables the public, companies, businessmen, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to make a financial donation towards purchasing cooked meals and food supplies or providing food items and parcels for distributing among hard-hit families and individuals. Visit the website of ‘10 million meals’ to make a donation in cash or in kind.
Providing patronage to families of those who passed away of COVID-19
Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) announced that it would be a patron and provide care to the families of those who died of COVID-19, irrespective of their nationality. The gesture which is part of the country's initiative ‘You are among your Families’ includes several vital steps and enhances the philanthropic organisation's programmes in the social services field.
The initiative mirrors the ERC's keenness to express solace to families that have lost one of their members due to COVID-19 and alleviate its humanitarian repercussions and negative impacts on their lives. The ERC will provide everything that these families need and contribute to enhancing their ability to overcome the ordeal of losing a loved one.
The programme opens doors for financial and in-kind contributions from people and companies to offer a helping hand to the society. The programme allocates contributions through their partners; priority is given to those needing medical and educational aid and food supplies. See the ways to contribute or volunteer.
Families and individuals who are facing health and economic challenges as a direct result of COVID-19, can register to get support.
Sending aid to affected countries
Continuing the legacy of H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Founding Father, and the country’s commitment to help as many people as possible, the UAE is providing humanitarian aid to other nations to ease their suffering and help them rehabilitate. Here are some cases of help extended to other nations.
An aid plane carrying approximately 10 tonnes of medical supplies was dispatched to Italy. It benefitted over 10,000 healthcare professionals. The supplies will enable the medical staff to perform safely their professional duties in combating the virus’ spread.
An aid plane carrying approximately 13 tonnes of medical supplies was dispatched to Kazakhstan, benefitting over 10,000 healthcare professionals. The UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan noted that the UAE’s assistance to Kazakhstan would enable medical staff to safely perform their professional duties in combating the virus’ spread. He underscored that the leadership and people of the UAE stand with Kazakhstan and all countries affected by COVID-19 as they work to overcome this humanitarian crisis.
The UAE dispatched an aid plane carrying 10 tonnes of medical supplies to Colombia to assist the country in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, benefitting over 10,000 healthcare professionals. The aid plane succeeded in repatriating 63 Colombian citizens from the UAE as a result of coordination between Emirati and Colombian authorities to ensure their safe return.
Setting up a 4,000-bed hospital in the UK
The UAE acted beyond its borders by offering a helping hand to Britain as the latter grapples with mounting public health emergency posed by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The UAE helped the UK by turning an exhibition space it owns in London, into a 4,000- bed field hospital.
The UAE dispatched two urgent relief planes carrying 32 tonnes of medical supplies and relief equipment to support Iran’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Earlier too, the UAE facilitated a mission by World Health Organisation to deliver 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies and equipment to Iran in a bid to help contain the new coronavirus.
An aid plane carried 11 tonnes of medical supplies was dispatched to Ukraine to assist the country in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplies benefitted over 10,000 healthcare professionals. The aid plane succeeded in repatriating 113 Ukrainian citizens from the UAE as a result of coordination between Emirati and Ukrainian authorities to ensure their safe return.
The Fund of the United Arab Emirates: Homeland of Humanity
On 25 March 2020, a fund named ‘The Fund of the United Arab Emirates: Homeland of Humanity’ was established in the UAE to unify the national efforts to combat the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Individuals and organisations can contribute in cash and in kind through the offices of Emirates Red Crescent and other charities across the UAE.
As part of the efforts to facilitate community contributions and donations towards the efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai launched a fund named, ‘Social Solidarity Fund Against COVID-19’. People can support the fight against COVID-19 in the form of Zakat donation.
The fund is launched in collaboration with government entities, charity associations and members of society. Its launch is part of the Department‘s commitment to supporting humanitarian and philanthropic work and helping in providing medical support to people in need through partnerships with government entities and charities.
The UAE evacuated Emiratis from the Islamic Republic of Iran and saw to their safe return to their homeland, in order to ensure the health and safety of Emirati nationals abroad, which is a top priority of the UAE’s foreign policy. This step is part of the country's efforts to counter the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in a number of countries.
The UAE established a preventative health centre in the Emirates Humanitarian City complex to provide 24-hour health care for citizens of neighbouring countries evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China.
Emirates Humanitarian City has been set up as per the highest of standards of medical infrastructure to facilitate high-quality care for individuals admitted, ensuring their privacy and dignity. It provides indoor and outdoor recreation facilities for its inhabitants. All individuals are provided with adequate medicines, food and other essential items.
Common human responsibility
Local media has commended the UAE’s move of evacuating Arab citizens from China. They commented that such a move highlights not only the UAE’s humanitarian nature, but also its robust health care system.