Ooredoo and Qatar Cancer Society officials at the signing ceremony.
Doha: Ooredoo yesterday signed a partnership with Qatar Cancer Society to build and support a state-of-the-art cancer awareness centre in Doha — The Ooredoo Cancer Awareness Centre.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo, and Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Jabor Al Thani, Head of the society, at a ceremony at Ooredoo’s headquarters in West Bay.
To support the opening of the new facility, Ooredoo and the society will work with the help of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The centre will be Ooredoo’s biggest CSR project of 2014, supporting the society not only in its construction but also funding for the facility for a further five years. The overall agreement is worth QR30m.
Sheikh Saud said: “We are proud to be able to support such a vital project for Qatar. The centre will educate Qatar’s diverse population on critical information such as how to detect and prevent cancer, will aid people going through treatment, and work as a resource for support groups for patients and their families.”
Sheikh Khalid said: “We are thrilled to be guiding and managing this project with Ooredoo.
“Cancer is the third main cause of death in Qatar and the reason behind about 12 percent of total deaths in the country. The centre will be an invaluable educational resource for everyone, and part of Qatar’s multi-tier approach to reducing morbidity and mortality rates of cancer.”
He outlined the need for the facility and its main goals, including educating the public on cancer and preventing, protecting and early detection. The facility will include an education room for school students and the public, support networks for diagnosed patients and their families, and a financial help system for Qataris and expats who have difficulty paying for life-saving treatments such as chemo therapy.
Ooredoo is committed to building, equipping, staffing and maintaining the centre. It will invest QR10m to build the facility and QR10m to operate it, including providing latest technology for interactive education.
The company will provide QR2m per year for five years to support initiatives by the centre to help the community.
Ooredoo sponsors and supports events and programmes to promote healthy living in Qatar, including building and operating Fahad Bin Jassim Kidney Centre which supports kidney patients.
Working towards Qatar National Vision 2030, Ooredoo’s main CSR goals are focused on health, education and fitness, working with the community to enrich people’s lives and raise awareness. For details on Ooredoo’s sponsorship and CSR initiatives, visit www.ooredoo.qa