Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 18, 2019 / 13:57 pm
In a joint statement signed Monday, Pope Francis and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, committed to helping improve the health of those who live in impoverished communities.
The statement was signed in Abu Dhabi on their behalf Nov. 18 by Archbishop Francisco Padilla, apostolic nuncio to the United Arab Emirates, and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, the crown prince's undersecretary.
"We reaffirm our mutual cooperation towards the improvement of the health and wellbeing of communities in need," they said. "This cooperation stems from a belief that every person, no matter their background, has the right to live a dignified and healthy life."
The statement was made on the occasion of the Reaching the Last Mile forum held in Abu Dhabi, an initiative of Al Nahyan's that works to eradicate preventable diseases like polio, malaria, and guinea worm disease from poor communities.