UAE's Sharjah Media Corp to help build hospital for Rohingya refugees


Oscar Rousseau , June 13th, 2018

Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC) will donate approximately $800,000 (AED3m) to build a hospital in Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees.

SMC will fund Sharjah-based charity The Big Heart Foundation's 100-bed hospital in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.

The 100-bed hospital will receive more than 7,200 inpatients, providing basic healthcare in an area populated by 140,000 Rohingya refugees.

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It will be built in partnership with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) to strengthen Bangladesh's response to "the overwhelming health needs of camp residents", WAM reported.

Medicines Sans Frontiers will supervise the management of the hospital after securing permits from local and regional authorities in Bangladesh.

HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of HH the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation, and the UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, said the hospital reflected the UAE's "principles of giving to others".

Director general of SMC, Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, said: "We have a global humanitarian duty towards refugees and this donation is simply a contribution by the corporation to meet that duty. We hope other public and private institutions in Sharjah, and the rest of the UAE, will lead by the example set by the corporation and follow suit."


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