Standard of medical care is measure of nation’s development success, says HRH Princess Haya

Published January 30th, 2007 - 01:36 GMT

Contemporary society needs a patient-centred healthcare system that focuses equally on acute care and long-term care, and prioritizes preventive medicine, public health and research, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, told chief executives from the world’s leading medical institutions in Dubai today.

HRH Princess Haya, keynote speaker at the Leaders in Healthcare conference at the Arab Health 2007 congress, also said continuing education is the single main process by which medical services can be reorganized, reprogrammed and made relevant to the contemporary needs of societies.

“A society measures the success of its development by the standard of medical care it can provide its citizens on its own ground,” HRH Princess Haya said. “Health and education are the benchmarks for an evolving nation.”

“Public health and preventive medicine have traditionally been viewed with less urgency than acute care, but clearly a reversal in planning emphasis in favour of preventive care will have to occur to deal with the emerging problems associated with rapid economic development,” she added.

Princess Haya also stressed the need for continuing medical education as essential to maintain the competencies of new graduates as well as practicing physicians, and the national standard of care. Medical research, she added, is integral to this process as it raises the standard of medical education and patient care.

Following her address, HRH Princess Haya was presented with the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education’s Award of Merit, the highest and most prestigious award in healthcare services and development worldwide.

The award recognizes individuals who have contributed, in a distinguished manner and through exemplary dedication, towards the support and development of healthcare. Previous recipients include former US Secretary of Health Tommy Thompson, former presidents of the World Health Organization and pioneers in healthcare education.

The AACME board praised the princess’ long-standing public service involvement and close affiliation to health and humanitarian organizations in Jordan, Dubai and around the world.

Over the past two years, HRH Princess Haya has been working hand in hand with national health authorities in support of the health and medical needs of the Dubai community.  She continues to conduct working visits across local hospitals, special needs and rehabilitation centers, as well as a cross section of public medical centers and clinics.

She is also the first female and first Arab to become Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program, giving her commitment to humanitarian aid and hunger relief a broad international perspective. Princess Haya's humanitarian efforts involve active advocacy towards raising global awareness around hunger-related issues, including poverty, health and education for underprivileged individuals and communities worldwide.

HRH Princess Haya was one of seven notable speakers headlining the annual Leaders in Healthcare conference, which focuses on sharing the latest in management thinking from the world’s leading medical institutions. Other speakers included Klaus Stegemann, Member of the board of Siemens Medical Solutions; Eng. Sobhi Abduljaleel Batterjee, President of the Saudi German Hospitals Group; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic; and Dr. James Mongan, President and CEO of Partners Health Care.

She later toured the exhibition, which continues until February 1 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

The Arab Health medical congress and exhibition is recognized as the largest and most important events in the global healthcare calendar, and is expected to draw 4,500 delegates, 30,000 visitors and 2,200 exhibiting companies.


About Arab Health
Arab Health 2007 will take place from 29th January to 1st February 2007 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates.

Physicians from across the region who attend the Arab Health Conference sessions will earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as the sessions are recognized by the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME). IIR ME has passed a series of rigorous and internationally recognized standards for the provision of continuing medical education and quality health care, set by the AACME, and has subsequently been awarded status as an “Accredited Organization with Commendation”. Over 17,000 worldwide health care organisations are accredited by the AACME.


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