(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Ooredoo's Mobile Health Clinic initiative, launched with Leo Messi Foundation in 2013, has continued to expand its reach to touch more people's lives in underserved communities.
At the beginning of Ramadan, Ooredoo and Algerian Red Crescent announced the official launch of three mobile health clinics in Algeria. The ceremony was held at Ooredoo headquarters in Algiers, in the presence of Algerian Red Crescent and Ooredoo Algeria executives.
The clinics were launched with the support of Ooredoo Group, Algerian Red Crescent and Leo Messi Foundation and will serve an estimated 250,000 people in the provinces of Tamanrasset, Illizi and Adrar.
The clinics, to be managed by Algerian Red Crescent, will save sick people in the south from having to travel hours to reach hospitals in towns. They will also offer healthcare education, providing information on primary health issues, with a focus on children and young people.
Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo, said: "Ooredoo's mission is to enrich people's lives and we are pleased to add Algeria to the growing community of nations supported by the initiative. In every market where they operate, these clinics are tackling immediate health issues, and delivering results."
Football star Lionel 'Leo' Messi said: "Since we launched the initiative, it has been fantastic to see it grow, develop and start in new countries. Every day, the clinics ensure that young people have the healthiest start possible and enable them to pursue their dreams."
The initiative has helped communities in Indonesia, Myanmar and Algeria, and will be launched in Tunisia soon.
In Indonesia, the first fleet of 16 clinics has provided free services for over 650,000 people, and have been effective after natural disasters and emergencies.
In Myanmar, the project launched this February has provided services for 73 villages, with women representing 75 percent of 2,321 beneficiaries.
The clinics have provided ante-natal and post-natal care to 203 mothers and treated 267 cases of children under five with common illnesses such as acute respiratory illnesses, diarrhoea and tuberculosis.
The initiative in Tunisia will target communities in Kebili, Gabes, Sidi Bouzid, Mahdia, Kef, and Zaghouan, support efforts to ensure detection and monitoring of chronic diseases and metabolic disorders and provide tips for underserved communities.
The Indonesia clinics has received three Millennium Development Goal awards this year from the UN for improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. The clinics have expanded activities to include providing medicine, vaccinations and education on infectious diseases for children and their families and plan to reach another 70,000 by next March.
To ensure the clinics provide the right support in each country, Ooredoo is forming partnerships with NGOs and private sector organisations in countries with developing healthcare infrastructure such as Myanmar and those with highly-developed healthcare infrastructure.