UAE role in fighting polio, hunger remarkable

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE role of the UAE to control polio after vaccinating 69 million children in the last two years was remarkable and we are sure to eradicate hunger and malnutrition around the world with the help and great support of the UAE.
This was stated by Remigio Maradona, Ambassador-Secretary General of IIMSAM at a ceremony held at Grand Hyatt, Dubai on Sunday. The event was to mark the announcement of Dr Ayman Al Baya’a, Chairman & Legal Consultant of Al Wasl International Group as Goodwill Ambassador of IIMSAM.
The IIMSAM (Intergovernmental Institution for the Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition) is working throughout the world as an Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council to eradicate hunger and fight malnutrition to promote Spirulina in areas where food scarcity dominates, especially in African and other countries.
Spirulina, a highly protein whole-food supplement, is a complete dietary plan as it is extremely digestible, high energy, gluten-free, low-calorie, low-fat, natural food containing a wide range of important nutrients. The UN-World Food Conference of 1974 declared it as ‘best food for the future’.
The event was organised under the patronage of Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman of Rashid Centre for the Disabled, and a number of other prominent personalities from different walks of life.
Maradona has been working with the UN body for the last 14 years to work with government agencies and private organisations to eliminate hunger and provide healthy supplement Spirulina to overcome malnutrition among the children.
“I have seen great results by this product as we at IIMSAM are reaching more and more people to fight the hunger and malnutrition which is a great risk for children in many countries around the world. The support of prominent personalities as Goodwill Ambassadors is a great help for IIMSAM to achieve its target to provide healthy food to every child,” he said.
He pointed that the IIMSAM recognises that hunger and malnutrition are a major impediment to sustainable development, and reaffirms that reducing hunger is a primary goal of the UN-Millennium Development Goals in order to disseminate and implement food security programme in feeding centres for poor people with the use of food fortified with the Spirulina to combat acute malnutrition worldwide.
He also thanked all the government and other department officials to attending the event. It is also mentioned that the IIMSAM has enlisted the volunteer services and support of prominent personalities from the world of art, music, film, sports, fashion, business and other sectors of society to highlight key issues and draw attention to its activities against acute malnutrition.
The UAE has been supporting IIMSAM for its activities since 2009 to set up the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Spirulina Feeding Centre in Kisumu, Kenya which has served over 500,000 Spirulina dosages to the victims of malnutrition and other related illnesses. The feeding centre includes emergency response outreach programmes and other field partnerships with the community based organisation.
-Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | June 02, 2015

~ by jamilkhan on June 2, 2015.

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