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Al Jalila Foundation raises funds to build cancer charity hospital in UAE
The hospital and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute will perform research studies to advance care for cancer patients. Credit: CDC on Unsplash.

Al Jalila Foundation has raised funds to set up the UAE’s first cancer charity hospital, which will be able to treat a total of 30,000 patients per year.

The AED300m ($82m) funding was secured within three months and adds to the AED220m ($60m) the Foundation announced in June.

Al Jalila Foundation aims to raise AED750m ($204m) to support the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital development.

Apart from philanthropists, multiple government and non-government firms, UAE businesses and corporates have provided funds for the project.

The latest round includes funding from the Investment Corporation of Dubai, Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD), Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), Dubai Islamic Bank and Union Coop.

To be constructed in two phases, the 50,000m2 Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital will have 250 beds.

The first phase, expected to open by the end of 2023, will include 150 beds with advanced technology.

In addition to innovative medical technologies, the hospital will feature capabilities to deliver broad cancer care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care.

Al Jalila Foundation CEO Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama said: “Donor support is an integral part of our success in developing the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital.

“The UAE’s first charity hospital will make a big difference in our community by providing comprehensive cancer care that is based on medical research in collaboration with the best cancer care hospitals in the world.”

The new cancer hospital will partner with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute to carry out research studies for advancing cancer care.

Dubai Islamic Bank managing director Abdulla Ali Obaid Al Hamli said: “We believe the hospital will have a strong role in finding solutions and innovations that reduce patient suffering and spreading health awareness among members of society.”

In March this year, Ajman Crown Prince Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi opened the new Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Field Hospital in the UAE.

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