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Beat the Heat with our Summer Skin & Health Tips

Each season brings on its own set of opportunities and issues, particularly with respect to health, and summer is no exception. In the UAE and other Gulf countries, the period of June to August particularly is a time of scorching summer, with temperatures staying well above 40 degrees Celsius almost every single day. To avoid the harshness of extreme temperature on ourselves, we have shielded the human existence in many ways, including the way we make our houses, buildings and […]

Why Yoga is Catching the World by Storm

In September 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United Nations during his address, to mark a day recognizing the importance of Yoga. With support from a large number of countries, the UN obliged, and 21st June was decided as the International Day of Yoga. The first International Day of Yoga was observed in 2015, when yoga events were held across the world, with a Guinness World Record created in New Delhi for the largest number of participants in […]

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Towards Plain Packaging

Following Australia’s example, for this year’s World No Tobacco Day on May 31 the World Health Organisation is calling on countries to “get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products”. Plain packaging refers to “measures to restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style (plain packaging)”.   As per the WHO, the use of tobacco is a major […]

World Immunization Week 2016

World Immunization Week 2016

The global immunization goals for reaching all individuals and communities through the Decade of Vaccines (2010-2020) can achieve its true potential only if the impressive progress seen in some countries becomes the norm.  We need a stronger focus on reaching children missed by routine delivery systems, especially those living in countries, districts or areas where less than 800/0 are receiving vaccines or who are living in countries affected by conflict. The objectives of the World Immunization week, a campaign that […]

World Health Day 2016 Diabetes

World Health Day 2016 – Beat Diabetes!

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is focusing the next World Health Day, on 7 April 2016 on Diabetes Prevention.  In 2008, an estimated 347 million people in the world had diabetes and the prevalence is growing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. […]

Healthcare Trends and Opportunities in the Middle East

The Middle East has been identified in the 2015 Global Health Care Sector Outlook as having the highest expected growth and potential in healthcareglobally. With the growing population, rising life expectancy, high incidence of lifestyle-related diseases and expanding economy, there is now an increased need for more healthcare systems in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. As an example, out of the top ten countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes, six come from the GCC costing the government billions […]

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF HEALTHCARE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The healthcare sector in the Middle East is undergoing rapid and profound changes. During the last ten years this trend has been more visible than ever. Countries in the Middle East are opting for a mostly privatized healthcare model similar to the United States. Whether or not the United States’ model should be emulated, lock stock and barrel, is an expansive topic of discussion in and of itself. However, regardless of which model is adopted, Middle Eastern countries can certainly […]