Dr Raja Eisa Al Gurg presents Dr Azad Moopen with Al Jalila Foundation Key of Hope. She said Dr Moopen and the Foundation share a vision. Image Credit: Al Jalila Foundation

Dubai: Underprivileged children with health conditions have a reason to smile with an early Eid gift of Dh10 million.

A donation of Dh10 million was made by Aster DM Health Care, a leading health provider, to Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and treatment, The donation will help Al Jalila Foundation develop cutting-edge medical research to benefit the future health of the UAE.

Dr Raja Eisa Al Gurg, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Member of the Board of Trustees at Al Jalila Foundation, said: “For many years, Dr Moopen has had a significant influence on the UAE’s medical landscape, building a business while also giving back to society. I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate Dr Moopen for making such a positive difference to the UAE. We share a vision — to see our children grow up in a future devoid of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity or mental illness. The Al Jalila Foundation’s medical research endowment fund provides the basis for such a future and we thank Dr Moopen and Aster DM Healthcare for this major contribution to support the advancement of medical research in the UAE.”

Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Health Care, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to support the incredible work of Al Jalila Foundation. They are giving the next generation of medical professionals the opportunity to explore medical sciences and discover solutions that will drastically improve the health-care industry in the region. Aster DM Healthcare is honoured to be a part of Al Jalila Foundation’s scientific and philanthropic initiative in the area of health care to fulfil the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”

Dr Abdul Kareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “Aster DM Health care is a pioneer in high quality health care and has been a long-standing support to the health-care industry in the UAE for the last 25 years. We are honoured by this significant donation from Dr Moopen who believes, like us, that medical research provides the vital engine for a sustainable future in the UAE for generations to come.”

Through its medical investments the Al Jalila Foundation aims to nurture a future generation of highly-qualified medical professionals through postgraduate scholarships, research seed grants and international fellowships. The Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre, the UAE’s first independent multi-disciplinary medical research centre, will bring together local and international scientists to address the region’s most pressing health challenges: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and mental health. The state-of-the-art centre is scheduled to open in 2016 at Dubai Healthcare City.