Qatar Charity Performs Cataract, Cleft Lip Surgeries in Ghana

Qatar Charity (QC) has provided treatment to dozens of eye patients and children with cleft lip in Ghana, in conjunction with the launch of its ‘50,000 Lives’ campaign, which aims to provide treatment to 50,000 patients worldwide, as part of its ‘Ramadan: Leave Your Mark’ campaign.

This came with the generous support of philanthropists in Qatar and with the participation of a delegation of Qatar Charity that included many volunteers and social media influencers.

Dr. Hamad Al Jaber, a renowned cosmetic surgeon and member of Qatar Charity’s delegation, participated as a volunteer doctor and assistant in performing many cleft lip surgeries in Ghana. He said that he was honored to participate in Qatar Charity’s delegation to support its ‘50,000 Lives’ drive within the framework of its ‘Ramadan: Leave Your Mark’ campaign.

He indicated that, through his participation in the treatment of some cases, he personally felt the great psychological impact on patients after they underwent these surgeries. He added that as a surgeon and a human being, he is proud to be one of the volunteers in this project.

Director of Qatar Charity’s Ghana Office Engineer Hassan Odeh revealed that 30 different plastic surgeries out of 60 targeted cases had begun. He indicated that in addition to this project, other projects will be implemented within the same framework.

He explained that the cleft lip treatment project is implemented in coordination with the competent authorities and hospitals in Ghana.

The project consists of several phases, including case search and registration, evaluation and laboratory tests, diagnosis and evaluation of the child’s condition, surgery procedure, teeth treatment, and speech rehabilitation.

Qatar Charity’s intervention to perform cleft lip surgeries is of great importance, as there are at least 10,000 Ghanaian children suffering from this problem.

The health authorities in Ghana thanked the people in Qatar and Qatar Charity for great efforts in serving the poor and marginalized. Qatar Charity targets 1000 patients with cataract in Ghana.

For his part, Dr. Abdulmajeed Farhan Al Hamidi, a member of the delegation, noted the rapid impact of the ‘50,000 Lives’ campaign. The medical team in Ghana was able to restore sight to many patients after performing cataract surgeries.

Source: Qatar News Agency


OIC Secretary-General: All of Al-Aqsa is Worship Place for Muslims Only

At the invitation of both Palestine and Jordan, the General Secretariate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held Saturday an extraordinary meeting of the open-ended Executive Committee regarding the ongoing of the Israeli infringements and the illegal colonial occupation authority over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In his speech during the meeting, OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha reiterated the organization’s categoric refusal and strong condemnation of all the Israeli occupation’s policies and measures aimed at obliterating the identity of Al Quds, stressing that it is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory and the capital of the State of Palestine, adding that the Al-Aqsa Mosque in its entirety is a place of worship for Muslims only.

He also renewed the OIC’s position on the course of events in Al-Aqsa Mosque, noting that the meeting comes at a time when the conditions in the Holy City of Jerusalem and its Islamic sanctities are deteriorating as a result of blatant Israeli violations and infringements, manifested in the occupation forces and extremist settlers storming Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the brutal assault on worshipers in its courtyards, injuring and arresting hundreds of them, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the sanctity of holy places and freedom of worship, and of the Geneva Conventions and relevant United Nations resolutions.

OIC Secretary-General also warned against any attempt to change the historical and legal status of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, holding the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the repercussions of these serious crimes and violations, which would lead to fueling violence and tension and destabilizing security and stability in the region.

He stressed that all Israeli decisions and policies aimed at changing the geographical and demographic status of the city and affecting the historical and legal status of the holy places in it have no legal effect and are considered null and void under international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Palestinian Injured by Occupation Forces’ Bullets, North of Hebron

A Palestinian was injured by Israeli occupation forces bullets, along with dozens of suffocation cases, during clashes in Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron in the West Bank.

Security sources said that the occupation forces fired bullets, stun grenades, and gas bombs at citizens’ homes during clashes that erupted at the entrance to the camp. As a result, a young man was wounded with a bullet in the foot, and dozens suffocated.

In the context, the occupation forces arrested a young man from the town of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem.

Palestinian News Agency reported that the occupation forces arrested a young man while he was crossing the Hamra military checkpoint, which links the cities of the West Bank and the Palestinian Jordan Valley.The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Gaza Strip, and many other towns and cities in the West Bank have been exposed, for two days, to a dangerous escalation by the occupation forces, amid international calls for calm, and not to drag the region into more tension.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Bahrain set a healthcare model, says WHO Regional Director

Bahrain’s health strides build on a solid operational framework, technical infrastructure, high-level of preparedness and world-standard practices have been praised.

“The Kingdom has set a model to emulate in promoting health for all, driven by landmark achivements”, said World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari.

He made the comments in a pre-recorded message during a ceremony celebrating World Health Day, which coincides this year with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the World Health Organisation (WHO), under the theme “Health for all: 75 years of improving public health”.

The inaugural ceremony which was held under the patronage of the Supreme Council for Health (SCH) President, Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, was attended by Health Minister Dr. Jaleela bint Sayed Jawad Hassan, WHO Representative in the Kingdom Dr. Tasnim Ghalib Atatrah, and senior officials and employees.

Dr. Al Mandhari commended Bahrain’s achievements, in promoting the expanded immunization programme, maintaining the level of measles and rubella elimination in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, especially during the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

He praised Bahrain’s drive to preserve primary care by providing effective and urgent protection for emergency developments, as shown through its immediate response to the pandemic.

“Bahrain was one of the first countries to document its successful experience in cooperation with the World Health Organization”, he said, noting that the health insurance program supports comprehensive coverage for all citizens and residents.

He highlighted that the Geneva-based organization has declared Manama a Healthy City; thus becoming the first capital in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

He noted that Umm Al-Hassam had been accredited as the first health city in Bahrain, noting that other cities such as A’ali and Busaiteen – Al-Sayah followed, which will also join the network of healthy cities.

Dr. Al Mandhari highlighted Bahrain’s efforts to hone the skills of health workers through qualitative programmes at academic and practical levels, citing the initiative of the University of Bahrain as a collaborating center with the World Health Organization in 1990 to use data in nursing practice and education and improving midwifery competencies.

“The Arabian Gulf University joined as a collaborating center in 2019 by improving the level of health education and the competencies of workers in the field to upgrade medical cadres”, he concluded.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman attends suhoor banquet held by the RBNF

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa today attended a suhoor banquet held by The Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF).

Upon arrival, His Highness was welcomed by the RBNF’s Acting Commander Rear Admiral Mohammed Ibrahim Al Binali, and a number of senior naval officers.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the important role the holy month of Ramadan plays in promoting the noble values of Islam. These include, virtue, patience, kindness and compassion.

His Highness emphasised the importance of a shared national responsibility for one another – a value that has been central to the Kingdom’s comprehensive development, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and supported by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman went on to commend the efforts of the RBNF in serving the Kingdom and its citizens, by safeguarding maritime security and protecting the Kingdom’s interests.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman concluded by emphasising the importance of continuing efforts to safeguard the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty the King.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


Bahrain press review

Manama, Bahraini daily newspapers today focused on local, regional and international events that happened over the past 24 hours.

HM King holds talks with HM King of Jordan

HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister emails Bahraini doctors on the occasion of Bahraini Doctors’ Day

Defence Affairs Minister hosts dinner banquet in honour of US Centcom, UKMCC commanders

BDF Commander-in-Chief meets senior officers

Information Ministry signs an agreement with Alamiya

SCH Chairman marks Bahraini Doctor’s Day

BDF chief receives Sultan’s Special Force Commander

Seventh Joint Dialogue between Bahrain and EU held

Second relief aid shipment dispatched to Gaza in Egypt

Ombudswoman participates in Seventh joint dialogue with EU EAAS

Bahrain to host first Gulf Healthcare and Sport Congress

RMS signs agreement with GFH, Khaleeji Commercial Bank to establish Prostate Cancer Treatment Centre

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia discuss Hajj preparations

Saudi Defence Minister holds talks at the Pentagon

FIFA: Saudi Arabia is the only bidder for hosting 2034 fifa world cup

South Korea’s exports rebound for first time in 13 months

Source: Bahrain News Agency


Exhibition World Bahrain to host next cycle of lively ballet shows in May

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), in collaboration with “Common Ground International”, announced the next cycle of Ballet shows performed by the world renowned

State Academic Theater of Classical Ballet Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev, coming to the Kingdom of Bahrain from May 4th-6th, 2023.

The shows will take place at Exhibition World Bahrain’s Grand Hall, the region’s newest exhibition and convention centre, in Sakhir. The Grand Hall offers world-class flexibility in design with multiple configurations, to incorporate various types of events such as ballet shows, live events, and more. It features retractable seating with rows of multiple tiers, with a 400-4,000 seat capacity along with 20 translation booths.

“Common Ground International” in partnership with the American non-profit “The Arts & Science Achievement Foundation”, and with the support of BTEA, continues its implementation of a large-scale International Cultural Project “Common Ground” in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

After the first successful ballet shows “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty”, held at Exhibition World Bahrain between March 2nd – 4th , which amassed almost 5 000 spectators , the project continues with the performances of “Don Quixote”, “Mowgli” and “Cinderella”.

The troupe is known for their innovative choreography, modern adaptations and exciting productions. Don Quixote is one of their most joyous and exciting ballet productions, originally known for being a “performance in times of celebration”. It is based on the epic novel by Cervantes of the adventures of the chivalrous knight set to the sparkling music of Ludwig Minkus- this lively ballet transports the audience straight to sunny Spain! Common Ground International also decided to include “Cinderella” and “Mowgli” for the ballet performances in May, following the astounding success and reception of the children’s interactive performance “Sleeping Beauty: Aurora’s Wedding” that took place on March 4th at Exhibition World Bahrain.

“There is no better way to introduce children to this prestigious art than through familiar favorite stories, and after seeing their curiosity and excitement at our last event, we knew we had to surprise and delight them once more!” – says project organizer Dr. Anna Artsibasheva.

This is the troupe’s first time performing in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

BTEA CEO, Dr. Nasser Qaedi, underscored Bahrain’s readiness to attract more large-scale international events stressing BTEA’s commitment to continue to attract the best entertainment and artistic shows from around the world, to work towards achieving Bahrain’s tourism strategic objectives.

Exhibition World Bahrain’s General Manager, Dr Debbie Kristiansen commented: “We are delighted to continue hosting world renowned ballet shows at Exhibition World Bahrain in collaboration with Common Ground International, and are looking forward to another successful set of shows following the Imperial Russian Ballet performances debuts at our Grand Hall”.

Dr Debbie added that the Grand Hall’s floor plan, including the stage and seating arrangement, were modified to ensure that the audience have the best views of the ballet performances wherever they are seated, as part of Exhibition World Bahrain’s efforts to ensure visitors enjoy exceptional and memorable experiences.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister visits the majlises of the Al Fadhala, Al Rumaihi, Al Buainain, and the Al Kaabi families

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today visited the majlises of the Al Fadhala, Al Rumaihi, Al Buainain, and the Al Kaabi families.

His Royal Highness proudly recalled Team Bahrain’s successes, expressed his confidence in their abilities, and wished them success in their endeavours that support the Kingdom’s comprehensive development led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

His Royal Highness affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain continues to build upon the work of past generations, to advance the Kingdom’s development ambitions in order to create a prosperous future for generations to come.

His Royal Highness went on to note the important role the holy month of Ramadan plays in strengthening community bonds, and consolidating the Islamic values of tolerance, respect, and social cohesion.

His Royal Highness expressed the Kingdom’s pride in contributions made by Bahraini citizens towards the Kingdom’s comprehensive development goals.

His Royal Highness highlighted the importance of developing the skillsets of Bahraini youth by investing in their training to advance their creativity and innovation.

For their part, the majlis hosts and guests expressed their gratitude to HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister for his visit and thanked His Royal Highness for his commitment to championing development that provides quality opportunities for Bahraini citizens.

During the majlis visits, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Isa bin Salman Charity Educational Charitable Trust, His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Minister of Finance and National Economy, HE Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and several senior officials.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


Khalid bin Hamad congratulates Al-Hala Club on King’s Cup

First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS), President of the General Sports Authority (GSA), President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, praised the great care accorded by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to the youth and sport movement in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa asserted that HM the King’s Football Cup reflects the tremendous royal support to sport, in general, and football, in particular. He noted the glorious history of the competition since its launch in 1977-1978 season. He expressed most sincere thanks and appreciation to National Guard Commander, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Deputy patron of the crowning ceremony, for crowning Al-Hala Club as winners of the King’s Cup this year.

HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa congratulated Al-Hala Club on clinching the trophy, which reflects the efforts made by the club’s Board of Directors, the players as well as the technical and administrative staff throughout the championship. He wished the club, which was crowned for the third time in its history, further achievemnts and second place winners, Al-Ahli Club, every success in the upcoming championships.

Source: Bahrain News Agency


Justice Ministry, LMRA launch joint initiative to provide administrative assistance to registered workers in filing civil lawsuits

The Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) announced a joint initiative for providing administrative assistance in filing civil lawsuits for workers registered with approved labour registration centres, following the initiative launched by the Ministry and LMRA in 2020, facilitating the filing of labour cases by expatriate workers.

According to the joint initiative, the LMRA, represented by the Protection and Grievances Centre, will provide administrative assistance to registered workers in filing and following up the progress of civil lawsuits related to their authorized profession, through the electronic system created for this purpose. The system will provide the applicant with all the information needed to review the progress of the application, from the filing of the case until the issuance of the judgment, as well as providing a list of registered lawyers to seek legal advice in disputes related to these cases.

As per the initiative, LMRA shall continue to provide administrative assistance to workers registered in the approved labour registration centres, by processing civil lawsuits at the behest of the workers, entering any new requests like changes in information and contact numbers, or submitting documents, and printing statements, decisions, rationale and working of the judgment or any other documents related to the case, via the system on behalf of the worker and as per the Ministry’s procedures. Meanwhile the Ministry will provide all technical support to LMRA to perform its aforementioned duties. LMRA will also provide qualified translators in the various languages spoken by the workers.

The Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Nawaf bin Mohammed Al Maawadah affirmed the importance of this cooperation which comes within the framework of joint government action to provide administrative assistance to the registered workers to benefit from the administrative facilities available in the field of litigation provided by the Kingdom of Bahrain to attain justice in all aspects in particular to filing of civil lawsuits for workers and the protection of their rights.

Nouf Abdulrahman Jamsheer, the CEO of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority and Head of the National Committee for Combating Trafficking in Persons, said that cooperation with the Ministry of Justice comes within strengthening the unified government framework to achieve justice for all, and the Kingdom’s commitment to reinforce the protection system and enable all workers to secure their rights and gains and redress in labour and civil cases, and protect them from exposure to attempts of exploitation or extortion and any other form of abuse.

Source: Bahrain News Agency