DUBAI, Dec 8: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group held talks with a delegation from The Carter Centre at his office on Al Wasl Road on Dec 8. The delegation included Curtis Kohlhaas, Chief Development Officer; Thomas H. Bornemann, Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism; Rebecca Palpant Shimkets, Associate Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, Mental Health Program. Also present was Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO and Member of the Board of the Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE non-profit organization aimed at promoting the UAE as a centre of excellence in the field of medical education and research; Ziad Ida, Director of Community Relations and Safety of Al Habtoor Group and Abdul Salam Marzooqi, General Manager, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Foundation. The Carter Centre delegation visited Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on a fact-finding mission for its health program, and to raise awareness for mental health issues as well as funds.
The Carter Centre and the Al Jalila Foundation are in talks to set up a Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in Dubai. Khalaf Al Habtoor is Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees at the Al Jalila Foundation.
The Journalism Fellowship Program each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States, Romania, and Colombia to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses. The Carter Centre says “health is a basic right, especially among poor people afflicted with disease who are isolated, forgotten, ignored, and often without hope.” Its health programs aim to fill vacuums in global health, helping to prevent needless suffering and build hope for millions of the world’s poorest people.
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, a supporter of The Carter Centre, said he would be on hand to assist the program. “Advancements in healthcare around the world are imperative. We need to keep pushing to educate, train and find cures for diseases that affect everyone the world over.” He also passed on his well wishes to President and Mrs Carter.