Mar 29 2012
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Roadmap for healthcare system reform outlined at gulf conference
As governments look to the future, the impending rise in number of people living with, and dying from, non-communicable diseases promises to stretch resources. Across the gulf region, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. Prevalence of its risk factors - diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking and physical inactivity - is projected to increase significantly in the coming years. Indeed, the health of the region could be considered to be worse than in other parts of the world as these diseases are generally affecting people earlier.
"Reducing the burden of disease represents a significant challenge for the region's governments and as we heard today, there are many different ways to approach this," said Delia Meth-Cohn, Editorial Director CEMEA, The Economist Group and conference chairperson. "Even within the UAE, HAAD and DHA have adopted different approaches to tackling this issue - with the HAAD focusing on disease management programs, while the DHA focuses on driving prevention initiatives - and it is likely that a range of strategies will need to be employed."
Indeed ensuring quality of care across the region was a key focus of the meeting. Healthcare providers spoke frequently of the difficulties in attracting highly skilled medical personnel to the region. While governments are working to ensure that all healthcare providers achieve, and are accredited to, international standards.
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