‘Smile’ project gives medical care to 100 children in need

Aster Volunteers and Emirates Red Crescent-Dubai created programme for children in need

Staff Report
15:55 March 6, 2018

Dubai: Aster Volunteers joined hands with the Emirates Red Crescent — Dubai to create a programme called “Smile” to provide medical care and treatment to 100 underprivileged children.

The programme comes in line with the Year of Zayed (2018) to commemorate the memory of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose vision was to promote the health and well-being of children.

“Smile” invited children on the Red Crescent premises — some orphaned and others rescued from various hardships — from countries including Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

The programme saw participation of more than 24 medical and non-medical volunteers, as well as the support of the CSR impact partner ‘Lighthouse Cohort’, which also encouraged the children’s involvement in fun games, arts and crafts, and educational activities.

The Smile programme provided children with medical check-ups from general practitioners and medical experts across specialities including ear, nose and throat (ENT); dental; and paediatrics, supported by Aster and Medcare facilities in the UAE.