Ooredoo and Leo Messi Foundation partner to bring mobile health clinics to underdeveloped countries
The Messi-Ooredoo partnership, which began in 2013, seeks to supply pastoral communities that are without medical facilities. Its goal is to reach two million children by 2016 by concentrating on North Africa, Southwest Asia and the Middle East.
The initiative, which began in Indonesia through Ooredoo's company Indosat, will expand to Tunisia, Algeria and Myanmar
"(Messi) shares our vision for enriching people's lives and promoting human growth," Ooredoo Chairman H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani said. "The clinics have already made a striking impact in Indonesia, and we believe there is huge opportunity to promote better health for children in Myanmar, Algeria, and Tunisia in the months and years ahead."
Soccer star Lionel "Leo" Messi thanked Ooredoo for its continued efforts to assist people in deprived communities.
"Children all around the world deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams and aspirations, and helping them to be healthy is one of the best ways we can ensure they have a good start in life," Messi said.
The mobile health clinics have been successful in Indonesia, specifically in areas that experienced natural disasters, helping more than 600,000 people. The clinics recently improved their facilities to provide vaccinations, medicine and information on diseases for families.
The Leo Messi Foundation, founded in 2007, has found success in treating diseases such as malaria, child cancer and Chagas disease. It also helped to rebuild hospitals while offering medical scholarships that focus on pediatrics and cancer research.