Ooredoo and the Leo Messi Foundation have announced a series of new initiatives that will expand their ongoing mobile health clinic programme in Indonesia to several other countries around the world.
The Ooredoo Mobile Health Clinics Initiative provides healthcare services in rural areas that do not have easy access to medical facilities. Launched in partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation in 2013, the programme aims to reach two million children by 2016, focusing on Ooredoo’s markets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
The operator’s company Indosat originated the mobile health clinic programme in Indonesia. Following today’s announcement, the Qatari group and the Leo Messi Foundation will expand the initiative to Myanmar, Algeria, and Tunisia, with dedicated mobile clinics for each country.
H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo, said: “I’d like to thank Leo Messi for his personal involvement in our Ooredoo Mobile Health Clinics Initiative and we are excited about his commitment to visit these markets and see the mobile clinics in action. The clinics have already made a striking impact in Indonesia, and we believe there is huge opportunity to promote better health for children in Myanmar, Algeria, and Tunisia in the months and years ahead.”
Football star Messi said: “Children all around the world deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams and aspirations, and helping them to be healthy is one of the best ways we can ensure they have a good start in life. Ooredoo is a great partner to reach young people in the most deprived communities and provide real tangible hope and assistance.”
In Indonesia, 16 mobile health clinics have provided free healthcare services for more than 600,000 people. The mobile health clinics have been particularly effective following natural disasters and emergencies, and have now expanded their activities to include providing medicine, vaccinations, and education on infectious diseases for children and their families.
Messi founded The Leo Messi Foundation in 2007 to support a wide range of healthcare initiatives, treating Chagas disease, malaria, children cancer, refurbishing hospitals, and offering medical scholarships focusing on cancer research and paediatrics.
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 such as Qatar.
In Myanmar, up to eight mobile health clinics will travel to rural and remote districts of the country, providing natal care, as well as prevention and treatment for routine infectious diseases and childhood illnesses.
In Algeria and Tunisia, Ooredoo will deploy fully-equipped vehicles to isolated villages and under-served areas, delivering community-based healthcare and first aid. The Red Crescent will provide doctors and nurses to manage daily operations and operate the health clinics.