Ramadan 2021: UAE sends 50 tonnes of food aid to Sudan

Food parcels are being sent as part of the UAE's humanitarian initiatives during the holy month

The UAE sent 50 tonnes of food aid to Sudan on Tuesday.

Food parcels will be given to the needy during the holy month and those struggling because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The UAE and Sudan share close historical and fraternal ties in all fields, and Sudan was one of the first countries to receive assistance sent by the UAE as part of its efforts to combat Covid-19," said Hamad Al Junaibi, the UAE's ambassador to Sudan.

"The first shipment of medical assistance was sent in April last year, and many medical shipments were sent in recent months, amounting to 100 tonnes."

To date, the UAE has provided more than 1,944 tonnes of medical aid to more than 135 countries, benefiting about 1.9 million medics as they work to curb the spread of Covid-19.

"The UAE established the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital in Darfur, which has 208 beds to treat Covid-19 patients in Sudan," Mr Al Junaibi said.

"The hospital has all the necessary medical equipment and supplies. This reflects the strong and distinguished relations between the two countries, as well as the UAE's keenness to continue to support Sudan’s health sector and provide direct assistance to frontline healthcare workers as they work to contain the pandemic."

On April 11, the UAE launched the 100 Million Meals campaign to feed the needy in 30 countries during Ramadan.

It officially reached the target of raising Dh100 million ($27.2m) in only 10 days.

The total was reached thanks to the generosity of 185,000 donors, including individuals and companies, inside and outside the UAE.

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