The Present and Future of Abu Dhabi Public Health

There has never been a better time to reassess and refocus UAE’s provision of healthcare.

The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda aims to achieve a world-class healthcare system, which “emphasizes the importance of preventive medicine and seeks to reduce cancer and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to ensure a longer, healthy life for citizens.” Part of this effort is a substantial reduction of smoking and the increased ability of the healthcare system to deal with epidemics and health risks. UAE residents can expect to see growth particularly in acute care services. This enhances their quality of life!

The healthcare sector remains a top priority in the Abu Dhabi Government agenda with focus on patients’ wellness and improvements in public health. This is clearly seen through a myriad of initiatives such as the UAE National Innovation Strategy (NIS) to alter the delivery of health and therapeutic services using advanced technologies.

In 2014, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the NIS that “aspires to develop advanced health system management technology and promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Similarly, in 2014, the UAE Governments launched the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Strategic Plan. Commenting on the strategy, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate, said that the public health initiatives in place will drive the improvement in healthcare delivery. Necessary policies have been implemented, in fact, to govern the sector’s response to emergencies wellness and prevention to improve public health in line with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) that’s aiming at providing structured, proactive and coordinated care, since 2007, for the Emirate community.

HAAD’s healthcare plan (covering all 7 priority areas of health initiatives in the coming 5 years) benefits Abu Dhabi residents by providing timely and appropriate usage of health care.

Fiscal year 2019 has UAE Cabinet approving a budget of Dh60.3 billion of which the health care and protection of society will receive Dh4.40bn, or 7.3 per cent, to ensure good health and well-being for all at any age.

Lately, in line with numerous programs designed to collectively achieve UAE’s healthcare target goals, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, issued a law to establish the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC). It is an independent legal entity with full capacity to practice its activities which will “preserve the health of Abu Dhabi’s residents and to guarantee the safety of all workers within the emirate by promoting the principles of public and preventative health” by “creating, implementing and developing programmes targeting workers’ health protection, disease prevention and rehabilitation,” as well as providing vaccinations and publicizing immunization, in coordination with authorities such as the Department of Health- Abu Dhabi (DHDA).

For the elderly, there are programs that offer home care services to all UAE nationals, affiliated to major hospitals such as the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. This is a healthcare clinic with various specialties.

Abu Dhabi based healthcare event-management company MCO – Medetarian Conference Organizing – has a list of conferences in 2019 that offer a great opportunity to gain new knowledge of a practice and network with peers and experts in the field. Apart from discovering upcoming conferences, the site also has information on health problems and solutions. In addition, they also do a bit of hiring, in an effort to recruit, develop, reward and retain a workforce able to identify cutting edge topics within the healthcare sector or help in delivering premium medical events for their target audience. The MCO is a locally-based organization that’s “respected in the region for its pioneering work in bringing all stake holders in the healthcare ecosystem together to discuss healthcare in a holistic & meaningful manner.”

 Upcoming conferences:

 – 2nd Primary Care Conference

19 June 2019
St. Regis Hotel Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, Corniche – UAE

– New Horizon in Cardiovascular Diseases

06 September 2019
Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

– Homecare, Long-term & Case Management Conference

13 September 2019
Abu Dhabi, UAE

– Innovation and Technology in Rehabilitation Medicine Conference

07-08 November 2019
Abu Dhabi, UAE

 – CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Workshop that helps any healthcare institution maximum exposure to the market, while learning the latest concepts and techniques to drive their programs performance.

05-06 December 2019
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Yet, the most compelling research regards the country’s expanding healthcare infrastructure. In fact, both the government and private healthcare sector are and will be investing heavily to provide countrywide healthcare solutions to the residents, expats, and medical tourists, reported export.gov. It also notes the overall healthcare spending that is expected to account for 4.6 percent of a country’s GDP by 2026 from 4.2 percent in 2016.

The Present and Future of Abu Dhabi Public Health

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