Ooredoo’s Mobile Health Clinic initiative, launched with the Leo Messi Foundation in 2013, has continued to expand its reach across Ooredoo’s footprint, aiming to touch more people’s lives in under-served communities.
Ooredoo and the Algerian Red Crescent have announced the official launch of three new mobile health clinics for Algeria, beginning this Ramadan. The official ceremony was held at the Ooredoo headquarters in Algiers, in the presence of senior Algerian Red Crescent and Ooredoo Algeria executives.
The new Mobile Health Clinics were launched with the support of Ooredoo Group, the Algerian Red Crescent, and the Leo Messi Foundation, and will support the three Algerian provinces of Tamanrasset, Illizi and Adrar, serving an estimated 250,000 people.
The clinics, which will be managed by The Algerian Red Crescent, will save sick people in the south of Algeria from having to travel hours to reach hospitals in town centres, by providing lifesaving healthcare services in remote areas. They will also offer healthcare education in these areas, providing information on primary health issues, with a focus on children and young people.
H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo’s mission is to enrich people’s lives, and we are very pleased to add Algeria to the growing community of nations supported by Ooredoo’s Mobile Health Clinic initiative. In every market where they operate, these mobile clinics are tackling real and immediate health issues, and delivering significant results.”
Football star Lionel “Leo” Messi said: “Since we launched the Mobile Health Clinic initiative in 2013, it has been fantastic to see the project grow, develop and start in new countries. Every day, these clinics are ensuring that young people have the healthiest start possible and so enable them to pursue their dreams.”
Since its launch, the Mobile Health Clinic initiative has helped communities in Indonesia, Myanmar and now Algeria, with plans in place to launch in Tunisia shortly.
In order to ensure that the mobile health clinics provide the right mix of support in each country, Ooredoo is forming partnerships with leading NGOs and private sector organisations, both in countries with developing healthcare infrastructure, such as Myanmar, and those with highly-developed healthcare infrastructure.