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11,000 Yemenis benefit from Noor Dubai vision

Sunday February 01,2009

Noor Dubai, the UAE charity initiative focused on preventing and treating vision defects and curable forms of blindness around the world, helped heal more than 11,000 Yemenis of all ages this week at its free cataract treatment camp in the western port city of Hodeida.

Noor Dubai, launched in September 2008 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has made a positive difference in the lives of 51,800 patients in just five months through free treatment camps held in Dubai, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Yemen.

The initiative aims to treat more than one million patients in its first year.

Qadi Saeed Al Murooshid, CEO of Noor Dubai and director general of the Dubai Health Authority, said the 10-day camp in Hodeida had attracted more than 11,000 patients from the city's surrounding areas for screenings and evaluation by Noor Dubai's surgical team.

More than 9,000 men, women and children were treated with medication and given prescription eyeglasses funded by the initiative. Another 1,600 patients were identified for surgery, with priority given to those with cataracts in both eyes and those with advanced stages of the disease.

"The Noor Dubai surgical team worked two six-hour shifts every day at the Salakhana Hospital in Hodeida, completing an average of 130 successful surgeries daily," Al Murooshid said.