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Egyptian hospital awarded UAE Health Award

Posted on 24/05/2008

Geneva- The European office of the United Nations has witnessed a ceremony conducted on the sideline of the meeting of the general assembly of World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, attended by representatives of more than 190 countries for presentation of WHO awards for this year. HE Humaid Obeid Al Qattami, Minister of Health, in the presence of Margaret Chan, director general of WHO, presented UAE Health Foundation prize for this year to Children's Cancer Hospital Foundation in Cairo, ...  >>MORE

HAAD unveils five-year strategic plan

Posted on 13/05/2008

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announced yesterday its 5-year strategic plan, which addresses 12 priorities based on the Government's vision for the health system of the Emirate and the comprehensively analysed needs of the population. HE Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the HAAD emphasizes that "the strategic plan of the HAAD will substantially contribute towards the Government's mission to improve lives and ensure that present and future generations in the Emirate will be ...  >>MORE

Mandatory health cover plan for all

Posted on 07/05/2008

Every Emirati and expatriate in the country will be covered by compulsory health insurance under a new Government proposal to extend the law nationwide for the first time. Employers and sponsors will be responsible for funding the insurance under the federal proposal announced by the Minister of Health yesterday. It follows decisions by health authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to implement a similar scheme in those emirates. The law will mean everybody living in the northern emirates – which ...  >>MORE

Royal Med strengthens its aero medical fleet

Posted on 05/05/2008

Royal Med, the Middle East's leading aeromedical evacuation services provider, has introduced a Learjet 60 to its fleet, thereby enhancing its medevac service capability. Royal Med is a division of Royal Jet, the international luxury flight services provider headquartered in Abu Dhabi and chaired by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Royal Jet's President and CEO Shane O'Hare explained, 'We have made significant investments in Royal Med's infrastructure, personnel and aircraft in order to ...  >>MORE

UAE was the first country in the Middle East to be declared as Malaria-free: Al Qattami

Posted on 25/04/2008

The UAE was the first country in the Middle East to be declared by WHO as Malaria-free, according to Minister of Health Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami. In a statement to mark the World Malaria Day which will be observed on April 25th, Al Qattami said the UAE would continue its relentless efforts to ensue that Malaria does not make a comeback. "In view of the continues support lent to us by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the entire leadership of our country, I'm sure we will ...  >>MORE

MoH signs twining agreement with German heart centre

Posted on 25/04/2008

Comprehensive range of cardiac care services will be available for heart patients in the northern emirates under a twining agreement signed by the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) represented by the Sharjah hospital's cardiac surgeries centre and its German counterpart in Rotenberg, one of most highly acclaimed heart care centres in Europe. Signed in Germany, the agreement was part of the ministry's strategy to raise standards of heath services and medical specialisations. Under the terms of ...  >>MORE

200-bed trauma centre approved in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 17/04/2008

The Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, approved the design of the National Trauma Centre after a presentation was made to him by an ad hoc committee on Tuesday. Sheikh Saif said the centre was part of a broader initiative of the Abu Dhabi Police to build a series of humanitarian and services projects using revenues generated through auction of distinguished number plates. The minister instructed the committee to benefit from experiences of well-known ...  >>MORE

Mubadala awards Aldar the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi project

Posted on 10/04/2008

The Mubadala Development Company has awarded Abu Dhabi based Al Dar Properties, the much awaited contract to develop the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi project in Al Sowa Island off the coast of the capital city. With a total built up area of 500,000sq metres, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be operational by 2011. The multi speciality hospital will have a 360 bed capacity in addition to clinics and other facilities consisting of 324 rooms. The agreement to establish a preeminent world-class ...  >>MORE

TB cases on the decline in UAE - MOH

Posted on 24/03/2008

Cases of tuberculosis in UAE are few and far between, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Health. The estimates prepared by the directorate of combating diseases in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO) have affirmed that the rate of tuberculosis (TB) is declining in the country. Director of TB combating cell at the Ministry of Health Dr. Juma Bilal said that the rate of the spread of the disease in the UAE is among the smallest in comparison to the other countries ...  >>MORE

Tawam Hospital to offer new treatment for refractory epilepsy

Posted on 24/03/2008

Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, now offers a new treatment for refractory epilepsy using Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) therapy at Neurology/ENT department/unit. Commenting on refractory epilepsy, Michael E. Heindel, CEO of Tawam Hospital, said: "Epilepsy and its treatment can, in certain cases, be a challenge to doctors. The only non-pharmacologic treatment option for refractory epilepsy used to be surgery, however in approximately 10pc to 15pc of patients with this ...  >>MORE

Pfizer Chairman lauds UAE's Modern Healthcare System, Vision on Intellectual Property Rights

Posted on 17/03/2008

Jeffrey B. Kindler, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc, the world's premier research-based pharmaceutical company, today visited the UAE to emphasise the company's presence in the Middle East region. This is one of many international visits made by the CEO to meet Pfizer colleagues and leaders around the globe to better understand local and regional business operations. During the visit, Kindler was received by H. E Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of State for Cabinet Affair. He also met with ...  >>MORE

Julphar to inaugurate two plants next month

Posted on 17/03/2008

Ras Al Khaimah - based Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) will open in April two plants to produce antibiotics as part of the company's ambitious expansion plan. 'The two pharmaceutical manufacturing units - Julphar 8 and 9 - which cost Dh30 million will produce in the first phase over 50 kinds of antibiotics with a total capacity of 30 million syringes a year,' Abdul Razzaq Yousef, Chief Executive Officer of Julphar, said during a meeting Sunday with Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, Secretary of the ...  >>MORE

Top US firm to design Fatima's hospital

Posted on 17/03/2008

United Eastern Medical Services (UEM), Abu Dhabi's privately owned healthcare development and investment company, has selected HKS, the number one healthcare designer and planner in the United States, to provide architectural services for its new state-of-the-art 160-bed women and children's hospital in Abu Dhabi. Um Al-Emarat Hospital or "Mother of the Emirates” is UEM's flagship project and will set new standards in architecture and healthcare delivery throughout the region. The new ...  >>MORE

UAE to hold first Blood Donor Day

Posted on 13/03/2008

The World Blood Donor Day will be commemorated on June 14 this year to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion. The event will take place regionally for the first time. The Blood Donor Day is jointly coordinated by the World Health Organisation, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, The International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations and The International Society of Blood Transfusion. Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of ...  >>MORE

UAE minister to chair Best Arab Health Project Award

Posted on 09/03/2008

Minister of Health of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Humaid Mohammed Al-Qattami was elected by the Council of Arab Health Ministers as chairman of the board of trustees of the Best Arab Health Project Award. The UAE Minister will also chair a committee tasked with presenting proposals for the newly set-up award which will be headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. According to the decision which was taken by Arab health ministers at a meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Al-Qattami was also ...  >>MORE

Tobacco law may stub out shisha

Posted on 23/02/2008

The Ministry of Health plans to institute a complete ban on shisha and midwakh once the UAE introduces the federal anti-tobacco law, expected to come in by June. Smoking shisha, or the water pipe, is a popular pastime among Middle Easterners and others who associate the activity with Middle Eastern culture. Midwakh, or the Arabic pipe, is popular among teenagers who have said it gives a more intense high. The UAE has been working on a federal law regulating tobacco and its uses, content and ...  >>MORE

John Hopkins to manage two public hospitals in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/02/2008

Johns Hopkins Medicine International will manage Al Rahba Hospital following an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) on Wednesday. Johns Hopkins has been managing Tawam Hospital in Al Ain since March 2006. Dr Ahmad Mubarak Al Mazroui, Chairman of SEHA, signed the agreement with Edward Miller, Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. SEHA, meaning health in Arabic, is an independent, public company launched in December 2007 to manage and develop activities in public ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates new Ambulatory Healthcare Centre in Khalifa City

Posted on 13/02/2008

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan inaugurated yesterday the new Ambulatory Healthcare Centre of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City "A". The inaugural ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), a number of SEHA's management and medical team and invited guests. In a keynote address, Dr. Al Mazrouei, said ...  >>MORE

Strategy unveiled for affordable healthcare

Posted on 13/02/2008

The Ministry of Health unveiled its five-year health strategy on Tuesday, focusing on increasing specialties, improving access to healthcare services at reasonable cost and unifying policies. The strategy applies to the public health sector in the Northern Emirates, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Health. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have their own health authorities. Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qattami, Health Minister, told assembled ministry employees at the launch to work together to ...  >>MORE

Mobile unit to screen women all over country

Posted on 13/02/2008

The first mobile mammography screening unit in the UAE, enabling assessment and access to treatment within hours, has been launched by Tawam Hospital. The new mobile service aims to screen up to 20 patients for breast cancer per day, a significant increase when compared to the number who visit hospitals for screening. Initially the pilot project will operate in Abu Dhabi, with plans to expand the programme to include six or more units. The female-operated mobile service is self-contained, ...  >>MORE

UAE to be linked to WHO's regional health alert system

Posted on 30/01/2008

The UAE will be linked to a "regional alert system" of the World Health Organisation (WHO) by this year end, a senior official has said. Co-ordinator of Knowledge Management and Sharing at Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO Dr Najeeb Al Shorbaji told The Gulf Today that the project would help the country to be part of the immediate reporting system for the region. "WHO is providing the regional countries with the software and training for the project, which has already been launched ...  >>MORE

Mubadala Healthcare launches Minhaal

Posted on 30/01/2008

Mubadala Healthcare, a division of Mubadala Development Company, has launched an initial phase of Minhaal (Arabic for 'the source'), the first web portal in the Arab world to offer healthcare information in both English and Arabic languages. The web portal (http://www.minhaal.ae) primarily serves the United Arab Emirates, but will also be an important source of knowledge for all Arabic speaking people. Minhaal has been ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City announces upcoming opening of the new Khalidiya Urgent Care Centre

Posted on 30/01/2008

In cooperation with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City - managed by Cleveland Clinic - would like to notify the community of Abu Dhabi on the upcoming closure of the Emergency Department and Renal Unit at the Central Hospital, after four decades of excellent service. These changes follow the upcoming plans of renovating SKMC facilities. These departments will be relocated to new locations immediately. As an alternative centre for urgent care, the Khalidiya ...  >>MORE

UAE to establish health insurance regulator

Posted on 29/01/2008

The 'greatest science gathering in the Middle East and the Arab world' underway at record breaking Arab Health. The establishment of a federal health insurance authority to regulate the industry across the United Arab Emirates has moved a step closer, it was confirmed at Arab Health - the Middle East's largest gathering of medical professionals - which opened in Dubai yesterday. Arab Health - taking place until 31 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre which ...  >>MORE

Work begins to build a Cleveland world-class hospital in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/01/2008

The official ground breaking ceremony of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD hospital) was held yesterday by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) and Cleveland Clinic. The world-class, 360-bed (scalable to 490), multi-specialty facility which is located on Al Sowa Island, across from the Abu Dhabi Mall, is scheduled to welcome its first patients in early 2011. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of a number of initiatives led by Mubadala Healthcare, the division of Mubadala dedicated to ...  >>MORE

Mubadala Healthcare unveils integrated services strategy

Posted on 29/01/2008

Mubadala Healthcare, a division of Mubadala Development Company, is announcing the strategy and projects behind its integrated healthcare delivery network. As Abu Dhabi continues to grow at a tremendous rate, there is a rising demand for high quality healthcare provision to keep pace with the increasing population. By actively investing in projects that are built around patients' needs, Mubadala Healthcare is well on its way to achieving its goal of creating a world-class infrastructure of ...  >>MORE

UAE-WHO cooperation

Posted on 22/01/2008

Minister of Health Humaid Al Qattami has endorsed the programme of cooperation between the UAE and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for 2008 and 2009. Under the programme, the WHO will extend technical support to the Ministry of health in the areas of development of human resources through facilitating direct interaction between the Ministry's cadres and the WHO experts. Al Qattami said the programme demonstrated the close cooperation between the Health Ministry and WHO. "The UAE is at the ...  >>MORE

Dubai will invest Dh2.1b in city's first teaching hospital

Posted on 22/01/2008

Dubai is investing Dh2.1 billion in the city's first teaching hospital that will open after three years and offer specialist treatments. The University Hospital will function as the main tertiary care facility within Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and is part of the Dh4-billion Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Centre. DHCC, a healthcare sector free zone being developed by Dubai Holding unit Tatweer, is part of government efforts to develop medical facilities that will attract ...  >>MORE

UAE to set up federal agency to fight fake medicines

Posted on 08/01/2008

The UAE will establish a federal centre for fighting fake medicines to ensure safety of patients, a top health official has disclosed. 'The national centre for control and monitoring counterfeit medicines will be the first of its kind in the UAE. Based in Dubai under the authority of the Ministry's Pharmaceutical Control Department, the body will be made up of representatives of health, customs and other relevant authorities,' said Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr Ali Shuker said. As part of ...  >>MORE

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi clarifies health insurance policies

Posted on 07/01/2008

The Health Authority in Abu Dhabi (HA-AD) has issued a clarification regarding the renewal of health insurance policies. The Authority stated that health insurance policies should be renewed every year as stipulated in the Health Insurance Law 23 over 2005. Failure to renew the health insurance policy will result in a penalty of Dh300 for each employee for every month. In addition, HAAD clarified that individuals and organizations must inform health insurance companies about their desire to ...  >>MORE

WHO selects UAE as a model in blood transfusion services

Posted on 05/12/2007

World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen United Arab Emirates as the excellent model in the field of blood transfusion services, and the safety and security related to it on the global level. UAE was chosen from among a group of 26 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region. UAE will be presenting a report to the Geneva based office of the WHO on its achievements in the field of blood transfusion services during the last 15 years as it can give guidelines to other world countries to ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Saud opens Dh100 million-hospital in RAK

Posted on 26/11/2007

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today inaugurated the new Dh100 million RAK Hospital, a multi- specialty healthcare facility which will be managed by Sonnenhof Swiss Health, a leading healthcare group in Switzerland. The ultra- modern hospital, which will have 65- beds in the first phase, will offer comprehensive medical care by internationally renowned doctors using state- of- the art- medical facilities. RAK Hospital is a joint initiative ...  >>MORE

UAE to mark World Sight Day

Posted on 24/10/2007

The UAE will join the world on Thursday to mark the World Sight Day. The National Anti-Blindness Committee, in collaboration with the Ophthalmology Section of the Emirates Medical Association, will organise a major event on that day at the Rashid Hospital to mark the occasion. According to Dr. Manal Omran Taryam, Ophthalmologist and member of the committee, the event reflects the commitment of the Ministry of Health and its support for the committee and to efforts by all medical sectors in the ...  >>MORE

Health Minister launches anti-breast cancer drive

Posted on 23/10/2007

The First National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was launched today at the Emirates Palace Hotel by Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami under the the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Honorary Head of the Higher National Anti-Breast Committee. The campaign to be held under the title ' Break the Silence - Diagnose it Earlier and Save Your Life' will educate and guide women to understand, learn and have access to information ...  >>MORE

Anti-breast cancer campaign launched

Posted on 23/10/2007

An ambitious programme was launched yesterday to fight breast cancer and enhance the concept of corporate social responsibility towards those who suffer from the disease. The ‘Making it Our Business' programme, which is in line with the US-UAE Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research was announced by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) during the visit yesterday of US First lady Laura Bush. She was accompanied by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, Wife of His Highness ...  >>MORE

Laura Bush builds bridges of hope and concerns

Posted on 23/10/2007

US First Lady Laura Bush seized the opportunity yesterday to defend her country's image before a group of Emirati students. "You probably had wrong ideas about America," she told the students during discussions on various issues. Responding to queries from students, who said their trip to the US was enriching and that they learnt many new things, the First Lady said: "We all have similar ambitions, hopes, expectations and concerns, though there are different cultures and languages." Bush ...  >>MORE

Laura Bush tribute to breast cancer mother

Posted on 23/10/2007

US First Lady Laura Bush yesterday paid tribute to one courageous Emirati woman who fought and won her battle against breast cancer and said she was an example for others. "At the Pink Majlis, I heard from doctors and nurses and the courageous women they've helped save. One of these survivors is a woman named Shareefa," said Bush who was addressing UAE academics at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, on the occasion of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She said Shareefa had discovered her ...  >>MORE

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign begins today

Posted on 22/10/2007

The First National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign will kick off today under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Honorary Head of the Committee. The campaign to be held under the title 'Break the Silence - Diagnose it Earlier and Save Your Life” will educate and guide women to understand, learn and have access to information about the importance of early detection as the best method in successfully treating breast ...  >>MORE

WHO Malaria-Free Award for UAE

Posted on 21/10/2007

Cairo - In the 54th session of the Eastern Mediterranean Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), held in Cairo today, the WHO presented its Award to the UAE because of its success to eradicate malaria and become malaria-free country since 2004. The Award was handed to Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health in the presence of 22 health ministers or representatives from Eastern Mediterranean countries besides the Director General of WHO and the Regional Director of the Organization in ...  >>MORE

Dh2.5 million earmarked for medical equipment

Posted on 16/10/2007

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health has announced allocation of Dh2.5 million for purchasing medical equipment for diagnosis of virulent diseases and tumours. The move is in line with the future plans of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to boost the diagnostic and curative services of the MoH as per medical adage: sound, accurate and well-timed diagnosis by using the advanced medical equipment by specialists, provides accurate treatment for all cases. Qattami said, "The MoH has ...  >>MORE

Walk UAE 2007’ next month to fight diabetes

Posted on 14/10/2007

‘ A mass walkathon, called ‘Walk UAE 2007', is being planned in the capital on November 23 to fight diabetes. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate. The recent figures suggest that one out of five people in the UAE, aged between 20 and 79, has diabetes. The walkathon is being organised by Abu Dhabi's Imperial College Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) in partnership with Emirates Foundation and Daman, the national health insurance company of Abu Dhabi. The walkathon is set to cover a ...  >>MORE

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Egyptian hospital awarded UAE Health Award


HAAD unveils five-year strategic plan


Mandatory health cover plan for all


Royal Med strengthens its aero medical fleet


UAE was the first country in the Middle East to be declared as Malaria-free: Al Qattami


MoH signs twining agreement with German heart centre


200-bed trauma centre approved in Abu Dhabi


Mubadala awards Aldar the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi project


TB cases on the decline in UAE - MOH


Tawam Hospital to offer new treatment for refractory epilepsy


Pfizer Chairman lauds UAE's Modern Healthcare System, Vision on Intellectual Property Rights


Julphar to inaugurate two plants next month


Top US firm to design Fatima's hospital


UAE to hold first Blood Donor Day


UAE minister to chair Best Arab Health Project Award


Tobacco law may stub out shisha


John Hopkins to manage two public hospitals in Abu Dhabi


Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates new Ambulatory Healthcare Centre in Khalifa City


Strategy unveiled for affordable healthcare


Mobile unit to screen women all over country


UAE to be linked to WHO's regional health alert system


Mubadala Healthcare launches Minhaal


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City announces upcoming opening of the new Khalidiya Urgent Care Centre


UAE to establish health insurance regulator


Work begins to build a Cleveland world-class hospital in Abu Dhabi


Mubadala Healthcare unveils integrated services strategy


UAE-WHO cooperation


Dubai will invest Dh2.1b in city's first teaching hospital


UAE to set up federal agency to fight fake medicines


Health Authority – Abu Dhabi clarifies health insurance policies


WHO selects UAE as a model in blood transfusion services


Sheikh Saud opens Dh100 million-hospital in RAK


UAE to mark World Sight Day


Health Minister launches anti-breast cancer drive


Anti-breast cancer campaign launched


Laura Bush builds bridges of hope and concerns


Laura Bush tribute to breast cancer mother


The National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign begins today


WHO Malaria-Free Award for UAE


Dh2.5 million earmarked for medical equipment


Walk UAE 2007’ next month to fight diabetes