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Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak offers Dhs377 million for paediatric research centre in London

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak offers Dhs377 million for paediatric research centre in London

A gracious gift from the Mother of the Nation

Plans to open the world’s first centre commited to paediatric research into rare diseases at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), are to become a reality thanks to a Dh377 million donation from the UAE

The gift from H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as well as Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, is a gesture of gratitude to GOSH for the care the hospital has provided to unwell children from around the world – including more than 750 children from the UAE have been patients at the hospital over the past four years.

In keeping with the loving legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – who had a profound and devoted interest in global issues affecting the wellbeing of children – the donation is also in recognition of the hospital's ability to lead ground-breaking research.

The centre, at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, is expected to be operational by 2018, and is set to bring 400 academics and clinical staff, with the outpatient facility to accommodate 48 clinical staff and 140 patients with their accompanying family members.

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak said, "The most important work that we can undertake as a global society is to improve the health of future generations so that communities can thrive and grow. To reach this goal, we must form collaborative partnerships that have the potential to benefit all children.