Saudi specialists perform complicated surgeries on Tanzanian children

Doctors from Albalsam inside a surgical theater in Tanzanian hospital. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 04 July 2019

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.


Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

  • The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan

RIYADH: Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik called on Saudi Foreign Minister  Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh on Monday. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. They also discussed issues of mutual interest.
The foreign minister also held a separate meeting with Mexican Ambassador-designate Anibal Toledo. He presented a copy of his credentials to Prince Faisal prior to submitting them to King Salman.
Sudanese Ambassador Abdulazim Al-Sadiq Al-Karoori called on Prince Faisal bin Farhan to bid him farewell. The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan.