Al-Othaim provides funding worth SR3.7m to support kidney patients

The contract was signed at the residence of Chairman Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Othaim in Riyadh.
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Updated 13 January 2020

Al-Othaim provides funding worth SR3.7m to support kidney patients

Abdul Mohsen bin Abdullah Al-Othaim provided funding worth SR3.7 million ($986,482) for the purchase of advanced medical devices and equipment at the kidney patients’ unit at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Buraidah.

The equipment will be used for carrying out lithotripsy, a medical procedure by which a kidney stone or other calculus is broken into small particles that can be passed out of the body.

The charitable endowment has been made under the Abdul Mohsen Al-Othaim Charity, the contract of which was signed at the residence of Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Othaim, chairman of the board of Al-Othaim Holding Company in Riyadh.

Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al-Othaim, member of the board of directors and CEO of Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Company, represented Al-Othaim while the hospital was represented by Dr. Turki bin Abdullah Al-Muqbel, general manager. Also present was Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Al-Ras, CEO of Attia Medical Equipment Company.

Chairman Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Othaim said the endowment is in line with the strategy of Al-Othaim companies to contribute to social responsibility programs, charitable work and community service, and that the endowment will contribute to providing a distinguished medical service for kidney patients at the hospital.

“The endowment is in line with the unlimited support from our wise government toward social responsibility programs in partnership with all sectors, to ensure that necessary support reaches those who deserve it, in light of the generous and continuous care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

Al-Othaim companies have been involved in a number of charity campaigns, including the “No Hajj Without Vaccination Campaign,” in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, in addition to an environment campaign with the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”