Aster DM Healthcare has announced the launch of the ‘Aster Volunteers’ programme as part of the milestone ‘Aster @30′ campaign marking their 30th anniversary….reports Asian Lite News
As part of the Year of Giving initiative launched by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ‘Aster Volunteers’ programme reinforces the company’s commitment to supporting the communities it serves and recognising volunteerism as a key pillar of giving.
It seeks to bridge the gap between people who would like to help with those in need, across the nine markets in which the company operates through a web portal www.astervolunteers.com. The multi-layered initiative targets communities in the Middle East, Africa, India and Philippines. The aim is to address key challenges that will help make a positive difference in society.
The launch ceremony in Dubai was flagged off by Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary of Public Health Policy and Licensing, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for Health and Clinics, Dr. Salem Al Darmaki, Advisor to the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention. Also present were Shri Vipul, Consul General of India, Dr. Sa’ed Radaideh, Consul-General of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UAE, Omar Abdilaziz Nur, Consul-General of Somalia to the UAE, Tayeb Al-Rais, Secretary-General of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, and Abdelouahab Soufane, Director of Salma Initiative.
“At Aster DM Healthcare, we want to renew our commitment to giving back to society and support the growth of communities. The Aster@30 initiative and the ‘Aster Volunteer’ programme are a testimony to our efforts to empower individuals who want to make a positive difference in society and extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. During the holy month of Ramadan, we call upon everyone to join us on this global journey of providing a healing touch to those in need by enrolling,” said Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare.
Aster DM Healthcare also announced that it had signed an agreement with the Government of Dubai’s Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation to offer humanitarian aid to those affected by drought and famine in Somalia. As per the agreement, Aster DM Healthcare, donated 156,217 packets of halal meals valued at AED1.5 million, raised through the contribution of Aster employees across the network. The Salma Humanitarian Relief Programme, an initiative pioneered by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre and managed by AMAF, will ensure the distribution of meals to drought-stricken Somalians in June and July 2017.
Speaking about the agreement, Tayeb Al-Rais said, “Drought, hunger and famine threaten the life of one out of every three people in Somalia due to the acute lack of water and food. The crisis has already caused the death of 250,000 people in the past six years. Providing food plays an important role in reducing the number of deaths and achieving food security to ensure the sustained health of these victims of natural disasters and strife. I thank Aster DM Healthcare for its valuable generosity and efforts to support humanitarian aid and help people overcome extreme natural disasters. This public-private sector partnership reflects a shared commitment to giving for the benefit of humanity.”
Aster DM Healthcare also announced that it is providing ongoing medical support to the Syrian refugees settled in Al Zaatari, Al Azraq and Erbid refugee camps in Jordan through the deployment of its volunteers as per the guidelines of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The programme features :volunteer to help the community; free surgeries and investigations to be provided in the Middle East, India and Africa, including 5000 surgeries and MRI scans through a widespread network under Aster; recruiting 100 people of determination; humanitarian aid in Somalia – North Africa, in partnership with UAE’s Salma Initiative;permanent medical camp being set-up in the Al Zaatari, Al Azraq and Erbid Syrian refugee camps in Jordan; and Basic Life Support (BLS) Training programme to up to 300,000 people in India and GCC including school and college students.