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Vigorous Participation by Health Education Ambassadors in Hajj
21 September 2014
The Director of the Health Education Division at Jeddah Health Affairs General Directorate and Supervisor of the Ambassadors of Health Education in Hajj Program, Dr. Munira Khalid Balahmar, has said that the division has provided health awareness services for almost 371,565 pilgrims at King Abdulaziz International Airport, along with 30,750 other pilgrims at their residence in the Holy Sites area, lauding the efforts exerted by the students (males and females) as well as the representatives of Tawafa (pilgrim guide) offices and establishments, who volunteered to serve pilgrims in this year’s Hajj season.
 
She underlined that “several training courses were held for students on the sidelines of the program, benefiting al least 600 volunteers from the Makkah-based Umm al-Qura University, Al-Shifa Institute and the International Academy, to be added to volunteers from Al-Farabi College and Soliman Fakeeh College. There were other volunteers from the National Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims of the Arabian Countries and the National Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims of South Asia.
 
Dr. Balahmar added that “more than 214,737 brochures were handed over to pilgrims at King Abdulaziz International Airport, and 11,584 others were given to pilgrims at their residence in the Holy Sites area.” Meanwhile, she underlined that the program mainly aims at spreading health awareness among pilgrims at their residence and in their language, so that they can easily understand and apply them.
Furthermore, Dr. Balahmar noted that the program has achieved quantum leaps throughout the stages of its work, as it launched several successful educational programs and urged students of colleges and institutes to volunteer and actively participate in the community activities, especially with regard to the service of pilgrims in the Hajj season.
 
In conclusion, Dr. Balahmar reiterated that the program depends on volunteers from the aforementioned categories, noting that the volunteers undergo a three-axis training program on communication skills, ethics of volunteer work and awareness messages for pilgrims. She added that Tawafa personnel, who regularly communicate with pilgrims at their residence, were allowed in 1433H to join the program after receiving proper training and rehabilitation.
 
 
 



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