Abu Dhabi: UAE-based volunteer humanitarian organization, the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has partnered with Abu Dhabi-based world-class healthcare providers, Mubadala Health to launch a charitable initiative to support underprivileged couples who are having difficulty conceiving naturally by providing advanced diagnostic services and IVF treatments free of charge.
Eligible couples will have access to HealthPlus Fertility’s network of centers and satellite clinics across the UAE, providing better coverage and accessibility to advanced IVF services. HealthPlus Fertility is a Mubadala Health partner and part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical).
The Initiative is in line with Emirates Red Crescent’s role in providing aid and assistance to vulnerable groups and the needy, and as a voluntary relief organization that adheres to the humanitarian mission of helping others.
For Mubadala Health, the Initiative is part of the corporate social responsibility strategy with an intention to give back to the local community by providing financial support to couples with limited income.
In the past, HealthPlus Fertility has launched several charitable initiatives, including pledging $410,000 to provide fertility treatments to couples in 2018 to mark the ‘Year of Giving’.
Mr. Salem Al Rayyes Al Ameri, Deputy Secretary-General for Local Affairs of the Red Crescent, and Mr. Majd Abu Zant, CEO of UEMedical signed the MoU to formalize the collaboration.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, highlighted the significance of the initiative in helping childless couples.
“In collaboration with Mubadala Health and HealthPlus Fertility, we are extremely pleased to launch this initiative, which will open the door for childless couples to seek the assistance and the medical care they need to help them conceive. Couples with limited income, who are in need of such treatments, are required to register and submit a formal application along with some official documents. Eligible couples will be contacted and advised to visit one of HealthPlus Fertility’s centres in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, with Red Crescent covering their treatment cost from the proceeds of donations received through this initiative. This reflects on the role of the Emirates Red Crescent as the link between donors and those in need,” Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi remarked.
The ERC Secretary-General further added that, “Choosing Mubadala Health and HealthPlus Fertility as our partner in this humanitarian initiative underlines our commitment to provide world-class treatments to people, which in turn can result in positive clinical outcomes and successful pregnancies. It also provides broader access to a larger number of couples as HealthPlus Fertility is considered one of the largest IVF networks in the region.”
For his part, Mr. Abu Zant stated that, “This initiative could not have come at a better time with the increasing burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on people’s emotional and financial well-being. Together, we hope to help as many couples who are unable to afford assisted reproductive treatments and who suffer from infertility problems or risk passing hereditary diseases to their children. Each couple referred by Red Crescent under this campaign will be evaluated carefully by our IVF experts to determine the most suitable treatment plan to achieve the best possible clinical outcome.”
“Underprivileged couples who are afraid of passing a hereditary disease to their child or have a child with a specific genetic disorder can also apply to this initiative. For those couples, Pre-implantation Genetic Testing will be performed to ensure that we can transfer a healthy embryo,” Mr. Abu Zant added.
The CEO of UEMedical concluded stating that, “Couples should submit a request through the communications channels announced via the Red Crescent. Depending on the criteria, eligible couples will be referred to a special committee to evaluate the case, and then the couple would visit one of HealthPlus’ IVF physicians near to their location.”
HealthPlus Fertility is now part of Mubadala Health’s network, following Mubadala Health’s acquisition of a majority stake in United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) in 2021.