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UAE elected to UN tropical diseases research body

posted on 01/11/2008: 660 views



The United Arab Emirates was elected to the Joint Coordinating Board (JCB), the top governing body of the United Nations Tropical Disease Research programme (TDR), a global special programme for research and training in tropical diseases, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Health.

For the first time ever and with a term of for years, the UAE has become a on the JCB of the independent global programme of scientific collaboration that helps coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged, said Dr Mahmoud Fikri, Executive Director of Health Policies at the Ministry of Health.

As a new member, the UAE will take part in the upcoming meeting of JCB in Geneva, Switzerland, between15-17 June, 2009. Previously the UAE had the status of an observer at JCB.

Established in 1975 and co-sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), TDR aims to help coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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