Abu Dhabi: In a report issued on World Health Day on Saturday, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) revealed that it has allocated Dh2.5 billion till date to support health care projects across the developing world.
The fund, established in 1971, has financed the construction of hospitals and treatment centres, purchase of medical equipment and medicines, and hosting of preventive health programmes.
Mohammad Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of ADFD, said: “World Health Day presents an ideal opportunity to stress the importance of making high-quality health care available in the developing world. Since its inception in 1971, ADFD has worked relentlessly to improve the quality of health care services in developing countries. The fund has identified health care as one of the priority sectors that promote sustainable development.”
He added: “With the continued support of the Government of Abu Dhabi, ADFD has contributed to the financing of major health care projects across the developing world over the past years. In line with the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), health care is a key sector prioritised by ADFD as part of its funding strategy, and the projects the fund supported in this field have translated into a profound impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide.”
Among the health care projects funded by ADFD is the 200-bed children’s hospital in King Hussain Medical City in Jordan. The fund earmarked Dh73 million for the first two phases of the project.