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Victims of domestic violence and human trafficking sheltering in the UAE Centre, to now get free health cover.

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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UAE, Dubai, domestic violence, human trafficking, UAE, Health cover

In Abu Dhabi, a new agreement has been signed to give victims of domestic violence and human trafficking free access to healthcare.

The Abu Dhabi Centre for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care - Ewaa, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Community Development, and the National Health Insurance Company - Daman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide healthcare for beneficiaries residing in Ewaa's shelters.

Daman will offer victims under Ewaa's care, free full healthcare coverage as part of the two bodies' joint commitment.

Sarah Shuhail, director-general of Ewaa, said: “This MoU is the culmination of our long-standing partnership with Daman, which has driven a major impact on transforming beneficiaries from victims to empowered individuals in their communities. Over the past years, we have witnessed how Daman augments the centre’s values, which helps us ensure that our beneficiaries have the best levels of empowerment and privacy.”

She further added, “The centre’s strategic goals are based on establishing a network of complimentary services that includes local, federal, regional, and international partners to provide integrated and sustainable services that meet the highest levels of care and empowerment to victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Due to the nature of the centre’s work and the cases it receives, the provision of healthcare - in which Daman plays a vital role - is a very important factor during a victim’s psychological and social rehabilitation process.”

Daman CEO Hamad Al Mehyas said: “Signing this MoU reflects our efforts towards providing quality healthcare coverage at the highest standards for our members across the country. The agreement is in line with our commitment as a socially responsible company to support the national efforts to ensure healthcare access for all. We are proud of our relationship with Ewaa, which began in 2014, and the work we did together to support the most vulnerable in our society. As part of this partnership, we will continue supporting all victims in line with our shared objective to be a source of positive contribution to a cohesive society that embraces all its members.”

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