Toward an Effective Gulf Health Strategy

  • 15 January 2014

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the First Arabian Gulf Public Health Research Conference will be organized by the ECSSR in collaboration with RTI International at the Center’s premises in Abu Dhabi on January 21–22, 2014. US-based RTI International is an institution focused on the dissemination of knowledge to help improve the quality of human life.

The Conference has assumed great importance as it will be attended by over 300 regional and global leaders, scientists, experts, and public sector health practitioners from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the United States, thus providing a window for knowledge, discussion and an exchange of ideas and expertise in order to work out an all-inclusive approach and useful recommendations. The Conference will focus on major health issues facing the region — including obesity, tobacco use, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Another crucial contribution toward an effective GCC strategy would be to confront these rising health hazards, which have the potential to adversely affect development programs/plans, given the fact that all GCC states are plagued with these diseases.

Undoubtedly, the Conference will help support GCC’s cooperation to face common health hazards and lay the foundations on a sound scientific basis to improve the quality of life of people belonging to the GCC. Moreover, the Conference is a platform for showcasing pioneering GCC experiments to upgrade health care, including in the UAE, where most up-to-date techniques are applied to provide the best health services to citizens, who are regarded the UAE’s true capital.

The ECSSR’s interest in hosting this highly specialized conference — which will be attended by top officials, experts and professionals of the health sector — reflects the Center’s willingness to formulate an all-inclusive perspective on development, with particular emphasis on human development, environment, technology, etc. As such, the ECSSR’s research and academic activities are not confined to political, economic, military or security-related issues, but also include other vital issues. The ECSSR’s message has always been to formulate strategic approaches that would help devise today’s plans and strategies on a strong scientific foundation in order to look into the future.