Dubai-UAE:11 October, 2010 – The importance of strengthening partnerships for the integrated prevention and control of chronic diseases in the UAE, and the region at large, was underlined at the inaugural session of Arabian Public Health Forum 2010, which opened today, in Abu Dhabi.
The highlight of the first-of-its-kind event was a presentation by Dr. Mahmood Fikree, Chief Executive Officer for Health Policies Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Health.
In his address, Dr Fikree focused on key issues such as cementing partnerships for the integrated prevention and control of non-communicable diseases’ in the UAE, as well as the importance of early detection and control, and the prevention and proper management of the diseases. He also explained how the UAE has faced the challenges involved and effectively dealt with communicable diseases.
He said: “Health is not only an issue of the government but also a shared responsibility. It is important for all of us to be well aligned in dealing with these issues. This includes the family, private sector and the overall community – a reason why we refer to it as public-private partnerships.
“We are here; we are responsible for our health and that of the next generation. We need to work together, sustain the control and prevention of communicable diseases and at same time adapt our legislation to deal with new challenges.”
The two-day event event has been conceptualised by MEED in partnership with Green Crescent Insurance Company PJSC, leading health insurance provider, and AstraZeneca, global biopharmaceutical company. Taking place at Crowne Plaza in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the event has brought together more than 150 delegates including industry policymakers from the GCC countries, as well as representatives from leading local and international pharmaceuticals, hospitals, clinics, NGOs, wellness and sports organizations and health authorities.
In his address, M. Hamed Farooqi, MD, FACP, FACE, Director and Consultant Endocrinologist, Dubai Diabetes Center at Dubai Health Authority, said: “It is important to stress on the collaboration necessary for improving public health, specifically in areas that deal with chronic illness. Green Crescent Insurance Company and AstraZeneca are prime examples of companies that pool resources and knowledge in order to work for the same goal here in the UAE. It is important to regard the two companies as a benchmark for others to emulate.”
The Arabian Public Health Forum 2010 is supported by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Abu Dhabi Health services (SEHA) and Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)
The event is designed to offer a unique opportunity to discuss current developments in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in the region such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as non-communicable diseases such as asthma, psoriasis, colitis, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and Alzheimer's disease. The forum is also showcasing thevarious initiatives being implemented by governments and other stakeholders.
On the second day (12 October), the forum will draw out the perspectives of more than 12 expert speakers. Case examples of public health programmes in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan from the respective country’s health ministries will be presented. The day will additionally focus on public health measures being undertaken from all aspects of the society including health ministries, sports councils, food authorities, hospitals and universities.
Edmund O’Sullivan, Chairman, MEED Events, said: “The Arabian Public Health Forum 2010 has gathered all stakeholders and leaders in healthcare to discuss the challenges in treating chronic diseases. Healthcare industry in the region has witnessed tremendous development in the last decade, and the event acts as a platform to engage stakeholders to play a more effective role in the community’s well-being.”
The Arabian Public Health Forum 2010 is part of MEED’s comprehensive portfolio of large-scale summit and conferences that offer businesses unique one-to-one networking opportunities and facilitate the showcasing of solutions to key target groups and niche professionals.
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