Saudi specialists perform complicated surgeries on Tanzanian children

Doctors from Albalsam inside a surgical theater in Tanzanian hospital. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 04 July 2019
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Saudi specialists perform complicated surgeries on Tanzanian children

  • Mission and vision of the project includes serving less privileged people

RIYADH: Medical specialists from Saudi Arabian nonprofit organization Albalsam International have completed surgeries on 14 Tanzanian children.

Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib, who led the team, told Arab News: “Our team conducted surgeries for 14 children during our week-long stay in Tanzania.”

The surgeries were performed free of charge on children with complicated cases such as heart and liver defects.

This was second visit by the Albalsam team, that started on June 22 and concluded on June 29, Habib added.

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• The Tanzania visit was the second by Albalsam team, that started on June 22 and concluded on June 29.

• The visit was in response to a request by the Tanzanian government, and in coordination with Tanzania’s ambassador in Riyadh, Hemedi Idd Mgaza.

• Two more week-long visits are planned for this year in August and November.

The visit came in response to a request by the Tanzanian government, and in coordination with Tanzania’s ambassador in Riyadh, Hemedi Idd Mgaza.

Two more week-long visits are planned for this year in August and November.

This is part of Albalsam’s “pediatric surgery charity mission in Tanzania” that began in 2015 with four visits treating 48 children. In 2016  30 patients were treated, in 2017 the number was 41, and in 2018 the number rose to 58 In 2019, so far, 40 cases have been dealt with, said Habib.

He underlined that the vision and mission included serving less privileged people and teaching and training local staff.

Albalsam, which launched under the leadership of Saudi cardiologist and executive director Dr. Emad Bukhari, provides free medical services to underprivileged people around the world.


Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

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Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

RIYADH: The rector of the Islamic University of Brussels hailed Saudi efforts to promote moderate Islam, reject extremism, fight against terrorism, serve the religion and its followers, and respond to aberrant ideologies that have harmed the Muslim world.

Dr. Mustafa Khader Donmez also praised the programs carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

“The Kingdom has established specialized scientific, educational and media institutions, called for the unity of the Islamic nation, and cooperated with all that strengthens the nation’s unity and preserves its security,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been holding conferences inside and outside the Kingdom, to which it invited scholars and specialists, in cooperation with regional and international bodies to promote Islamic tolerance and address the causes of extremism and terrorism.”

Donmez said the Kingdom has invited Islamic institutions and international bodies to implement programs and events that fight extremism and condemn terrorism.

“The Kingdom is keen to promote international peace and communication between cultures and the followers of different religions through calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, a domain in which the Kingdom has been a pioneer,” he added.

Saudi Arabia “has taken the lead in spending for this purpose as it is in line with its high status on the Islamic and international levels,” he said. SPA Riyadh