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Noor Dubai camp saves sight of over 500 in Yemen

Thursday May 08,2014

Dubai, 8 May, 2014 - Noor Dubai Foundation has concluded its second camp of the year in Yemen to combat blindness with successful operations to save the sight of more than 500 patients.

The camp from April 16th to 23rd was conducted in the town of Bajil, Al Hudaydah Governorate, in Yemen, with the support of Dubai Islamic Humanitarian Foundation. It screened 7,085 patients and conducted more than 510 sight-saving operations.

Since it was established in 2008 by U.A.E. Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Noor Dubai has conducted five mobile eye camps in Yemen .

The foundation first conducted a camp in January 2009 and treatment was provided to 11,000 individuals, while camps in 2012 and 2013 examined 6336 and 4380 patients respectively, said Eisa Al Maidour, Chairman of Noor Dubai Foundation.

Bajil is a small town in the northern part of Yemen. It is about 425km away from Aden with an estimated population of 169,884 inhabitants, of which an estimated one percent is blind, said Dr. Manal Taryam, board member and CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation.

A team from Noor Dubai Foundation will visit Ethiopia this week to oversee its programmes there. The foundation aims to treat 18 million individuals over a three-year period.