The activities of the Dubai International Relief and Development Conference and Exhibition “DIHAD” concluded today, in its 17th session, under the slogan “Relief and Coronavirus … Africa as a Axis”, where the visitors and participants unanimously agreed on the success of the three-day conference and exhibition during which the issues were reviewed. The most urgent situation facing the continent of Africa, especially in light of the Corona pandemic, and ways to solve it in innovative and effective ways.
At the conclusion of the conference, the organizing committee announced the date of the next session of this event, which will be in March 2022.
The third day witnessed the presence of a number of officials and representatives of countries, including His Excellency Gravier Chanel, the Ambassador of the French Republic to the State. His Excellency visited the French pavilion in the exhibition accompanying the conference, which includes leading French companies participating in the French pavilion under the umbrella of Business France such as Umbrella and Palori Logistics. “Famuco”, “Vuntu de Vivo”, “IMBIO”, “Nutrist” and “Taisilio”, and is familiar with the innovations provided by French and international organizations in the humanitarian and relief fields.
His Excellency Cravier was accompanied on his visit by a high-level delegation of dignitaries led by Ambassador Gerhard Putman Kramer, Director of the International Scientific Advisory Council of HEAD-Disap and Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva and Engineer Anas Al-Madani, Vice President and President Executive of Index Holding Group.
And during “Dihad” and within the global initiatives of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum …
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation provided material support to the Solidarity Fund for male and female students of Zayed University as part of its educational program “With Science We Rise”, believing in the role that educational institutions play in advancing the educational sector in the UAE. This support aims to help students with income. Limited students to complete their educational journey and overcome the obstacles they face, which contributes to solving students’ material problems and increases their demand for educational attainment.
Saleh Zahir Al Mazrouei, Director of the Foundation, on the sidelines of the activities of the third and last day of the “DIHAD 2021” conference and exhibition, handed over a check of the financial contribution, which amounted to one million dirhams, to His Excellency Dr. Khaled Mohamed Al-Khazraji, Director of Zayed University, in the presence of Bakhita Ali Al-Kutbi, Head of the Foundation’s Internal Aid Department, and Dr. Hind Al-Rostamani, Director of Student Affairs. Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Director of the Office of the President of the University and Saria Al Ketbi, a specialist in student support at Zayed University.
Many unique scientific sessions were held during the days of the conference .. Commenting on his participation in one of the sessions .. Patrick Youssef, the Regional Director for Africa at the International Committee of the Red Cross, said that their participation was distinguished as it discussed the issue of crises, conflicts and the Covid-19 epidemic in Africa.
Insecurity and conflict are the main drivers of crises and humanitarian disasters, and we are currently witnessing recurrent cases of violence and protracted crises in Africa from the Sahel to Somalia to Mozambique and many other countries experiencing the impact of crises and for which the civilian population is paying.
He added that the discussion during the session touched on the most vulnerable groups in Africa today and how they cope with the increasing humanitarian needs … pointing to the discussion of the role of women in society, and in particular their importance as an important element in finding solutions to problems … indicating that armed conflicts frequently witness many violations against International laws and human rights laws.
During the session, everyone agreed on the central importance of placing international humanitarian law at the forefront in order to preserve and ensure all efforts to survive and build a sustainable future with potential prospects for peace in mind, and this is in fact what the International Committee of the Red Cross seeks, which is to be the first responder and build social cohesion. In the communities it works with and resilience building as well.
For his part, Dr. Chibozo Okunta, head of Doctors Without Borders in Central and West Africa, said that the impact of the “Covid-19” pandemic was relatively under control, but there is a risk of more cases and deaths if there is a different and more virulent strain making its way to Central and West Africa.
He added that there is an urgent need to vaccinate the population because we have not gone beyond the difficult part yet, and there is also an urgent need to apply digital technology to fill the access gap for patients through telemedicine..Diseases arising due to environmental issues as a result of climate change have affected the way of life, which led to an increase in conflict. And displacement, where people search for food deep in the forests or migrate with livestock in search of pastures … which means a weak commitment to the health system and an increase in conflicts and outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola.
Over the course of the three days of the event, “DIHAD” attracted more than 6 thousand visitors and participants from 84 countries .. The accompanying exhibition witnessed the attendance of more than 600 exhibitors from various governmental and non-governmental organizations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent institutions and charities who displayed the latest technologies and developments in the field. Support refugees and migrants around the world.
It is worth noting that the DIHAD exhibition and conference is organized annually by the INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions Organization – a member of INDEX Holding and with the support of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, the Dubai Council for the Future of Humanitarian Work, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and the Emirates Red Crescent Authority. The United Nations, Dubai Cares and the International Humanitarian City. This event is held under the patronage of the King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation, the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, the “Pathfinder International” and the Life Foundation for Relief and Development.