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Declaration of the Arab Children Health Congress 2008

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, April 02 - 2008 @ 13:43

The Arab Children Health Congress (ACHC) concluded with the development of a series of key strategy recommendations on tackling the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the region.

The Declaration addresses three different categories focusing on improvements at the national, regional and media levels. The recommendations at the national level were announced by Dr. Khawla Belhoul, Director of Thalassemia Center, Dubai Health Authority and Vice Chairperson of the ACHC Health Committee.

At the regional level, Dr Haifa Madi, Director of Health Protection and Promotion at WHO (EMRO), stressed the importance of the WHO’s involvement in coordinating with governments for the creation of a regional Plan of Action (POA) on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health.

H.E. Dr. Rowaida Al Maaitah, Public Health Professor, Senator, and Chairperson of the ACHC Scientific Committee closed the congress with recommendation at the media level. The media were identified as playing an integral and active role in raising awareness of health issues.

The importance of research and data collection in the region was stressed at all levels. The recommendations will be distributed to governments and governmental agencies across the Middle East, with the aim of affecting change in regional health policies related to reducing non-communicable diseases (NCD).

The Arab Children Health Congress is an initiative launched by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in an effort to create a platform for raising awareness on issues related to the well being and health of children and young Arabs.

For 2008, Athra Al Ketbi was elected as the Congress Ambassador. She will take on the role from her predecessor, Habiba Al Tawaqi, who recently concluded her tour of the region. The ACHC’s Ambassador’s main role is to provide a voice for Arab children across the region.

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