Nahyan Opens First Arabian Gulf Public Health Research Conference

  • 22 January 2014

The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is building a a healthcare system that provides the a solid foundation for human, economic and social development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said.

"The UAE is moving ahead confidently to create an integrated health care system on par with the international best standards,'' Sheikh Nahyan said in his keynote address at the First Arabian Gulf Public Health Research Conference 'Interventions for a Healthier Future'.

Sheikh Nahyan noted that chronicle diseases would remain a tremendous challenge to public health in present and future and that obesity, lack of exercise, bad nutrition habits and unhealthy lifestyle are the main factors causing high prevalence of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and cancers.

Dr. Wayne Holden, President and Chief Executive Officer of US-based Research Triangle Institute - RTI International, also addressed the conference.

Jointly organized by Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) and RTI International, the two-day conference is attracting over 300 regional and global leaders, scientists, experts, and public sector health practitioners from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the United States to discuss major health problems facing the region, including obesity, tobacco use, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The aim of the conference is to present: facts about how the above-mentioned health issues have affected the Arabian Gulf; promising and cutting-edge health interventions that have been conducted around the world; and how those interventions might be tailored to benefit the Arabian Gulf.