Emirates Red Crescent opens hospital in Philippines

The Emirates Red Crescent opened a hospital on Saturday in the Philippines.

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The Emirates Red Crescent has opened a hospital and health clinic in the Philippines, part of a series of projects to help areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

The hospital in Samar province is expected to benefit 350,000 people, while the community health clinic in Dolores, Eastern Samar province, will help about 124,000 people.

The Philippine Red Cross, the health department and the Dolores local government worked with the Red Crescent on the project, reported Wam, the state news agency.

“This new clinic aims to build resilient communities in the Haiyan-ravaged municipalities in Eastern Samar,” said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross.

“Maternal and childcare are two of the health services to be offered at the clinic. The new facility also aims to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.”

The services were made possible by a Dh37 million pledge by the President, Sheikh Khalifa, to support those affected by the typhoon.

“The UAE is committed to honouring its humanitarian responsibility towards those affected by crises and disasters,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, President of Red Crescent, adding that it would take part in more initiatives as part of the Year of Giving.

The UAE has built or renovated 18 schools for 10,000 pupils in the Philippines, carried out maintenance on 15 playgrounds and 12 school theatres, and provided laboratories, computers, school stationery and other supplies.

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