Ministry of Health of Niger honors Qatar Charity for combating blindness

Ministry of Health of Niger honors Qatar Charity for combating blindness


10/28/2018 |


Head of the National Program for Control of Blindness: We thank the benefactors in Qatar for supporting the program and reaching out to those in dire need for such humanitarian intervention.

The Ministry of Health of Niger has honored Qatar Charity for its outstanding efforts to combat blindness, contribution to alleviating the suffering of poor patients and funding for the operations necessary to restore their eyesight.

This honor came on a national day to combat blindness and eye diseases, organized by the Ministry of Public Health on October 15, at the regional hospital in Tera, 176 km from the capital Niamey.

The honoring ceremony was attended by Dr. Idi Elias Mainasara, Minister of Health of Niger, Dr. Kadri Abu Bakr, Director of the Office of the Minister of Public Health and Head of the National Program for Control of Blindness and other local figures.

Eng. Malm Mutari, food security and Income-Generating Projects officer at Qatar Charity’s office in Niger has received the Certificate of Appreciation.

The National Eye Disease Program of the Ministry of Health in Niger has a close and continuous partnership with Qatar Charity, as they work together on easing the hardship of patients suffering from blindness, who can not afford the cost of the treatment and surgery to restore their vision.

Qatar Charity has funded several campaigns to help perform such operations at government health units under the supervision of the National Program for Control of Blindness.

Some 750 people have benefited from the operations carried out in the framework of this cooperation so far.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the National Program for Control of Blindness, said “Qatar Charity has significantly contributed to restoring the eyesight of many people, and has always been proactive in alleviating the suffering of the poor and the needy.”

He also thanked the benefactors in Qatar for supporting the program and reaching out to those in dire need for such humanitarian intervention.

It is worth mention that Qatar Charity’s office in Niger has already received several certificates of appreciation in the fields of development, education, food security, and others from local authorities.

Qatar Charity also has close collaborative links with United Nations agencies and international organizations operating in Niger. QC’s office in the capital Niamey has enjoyed the confidence of many of such organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which considered Qatar Charity its best partner in Niger.

 Since 2010, FAO has had a strategic partnership with Qatar Charity after reviewing its "Food Security and Poverty Alleviation" program, which worked on responding to recurrent food crises occurred due to drought and continued until 2017. The partnership amounted to $3.2mn and benefited 1,150,000 people.