Bupa Arabia provides free health insurance for all children at orphanages by Ministry of Social Affairs
As part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, Bupa Arabia, the Kingdom’s first specialized health insurer, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Social Affairs to provide free health insurance covering all children at orphanages under the Ministry’s supervision.
The agreement was signed on Wednesday 11 January 2012 by H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Yousef, Deputy Minister of Social Affairs for Care and Social Development, and Eng. Loay Nazer, Chairman of Bupa Arabia. Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr. Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al Majali, Assistant Deputy to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Dr. Mohammed Al Harbi, General Manager of Orphanage Care at the Ministry, along with other delegates from the Ministry, and Mr. Tal Nazer, CEO of Bupa Arabia, accompanied by Bupa Arabia’s social responsibility team.
The agreement, which has the full support of the Minister of Social Affairs Dr.Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen, includes a strategic plan approved by both parties on how Bupa Arabia will implement the free medical coverage programme over the coming years.
Speaking at the signing ceremony Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Yousef expressed his joy at the agreement saying; “The Ministry will provide all the necessary support in order for this ambitious programme to be successfully implemented. We hold these orphans close to our hearts and it is our aim to provide them with the highest standards of social care, education, career training and development of their talents to help them face the challenges of life.
He went on to say: “Bupa Arabia is the only company in its field that specializes exclusively in health insurance services, which is why we decided to cooperate with the company’s offer to contribute to the Ministry’s role in orphanage affairs by ensuring that the children receive the superior quality of health care for which Bupa Arabia is renowned.”
Thanking the Minister and Deputy Minister for their support, Eng. Loay Nazer, founder of the Bupa Arabia initiative, said: “This signing is a major step forward in our plan to provide free health insurance for more than 3000 children at orphanages registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs and we consider it a privilege to complement the Ministry’s excellent work by making it possible for the children to receive the best health care available.”
Bupa Arabia has enrolled almost 400 orphans to their program on 2011starting with Al Rafeef Home last April followed by Women’s Welfare Center then Dar Al-Tarbiya and lastly Dar Al Hadana.
Loay Nazer’s initiative extends beyond medical coverage and Bupa Arabia arranges for doctors medical checkup at the beginning of the program to determine the special treatments needed by the orphans. In addition, Bupa has set up a dedicated help line for orphans and organizes health awareness sessions at each orphanage as and when requested. Bupa Arabia also arranges social events and outings for the orphans with the participation of the company’s employees and their families.
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