Statistics and early epidemiological studies in the Gulf states have shown that diabetes is taking an epidemic form which made of it a public health risk at the national level. Thus, the prevalence of diabetes ranges from 12-28% in the member states. As for the metabolic disorders of glucose (which are the potential diabetes cases) it exceeded that percentage, which means that the percentage of affected Gulf population or those who are going to have diabetes is more than 20%, which is a very high rate compared to other countries.
Sequential epidemiologic studies proved this steady increase all over years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where it increased from 2.2% in mid seventies to 4.9% 10 years after, to reach 12.3% in mid nineties and reached 24% currently.
In the Kingdom of Bahrain, it reached about 30% for those above 40 years of age and in the Sultanate of Oman, it is around 12% and it is increasing by 4% annually.
Moreover, the national diabetes study conducted lately in the United Arab Emirates demonstrated that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes reached 19.6% and there is 15.2% of the population suffering from metabolic disorders of glucose.
In a recent study in Kuwait, the prevalence of diabetes was found to be 22.4%, while in previous studies it was 16.7%.
This indicates that around one fifth to one fourth of the citizens of the Cooperation Council States are either diabetic or will be diabetic with the next few years.
The importance of that disease does not spring from its being widely spread in an epidemic from in the Gulf community, but due to the increased percentage of complications in the affected people which raises the total costs of care of this disease at the national level. Diabetes has over burdened the health services in the Gulf countries, where it occupies a great space of the services provided at hospitals.
In a recent study conducted in Riyadh, it was shown that 32% of hospital patients are diabetic and they were admitted to hospital either for reason related to diabetes or for health problems related to it. In addition, the rates of diabetes complications, from preliminary studies, affirms the aggravation of the problem.
According to the most recent reports issued from the WHO/EMRO about the burden of diabetes in the Council States, it is shown that 50% of diabetics suffer hypertension, 80% suffer physical inactivity, 90% of obesity and overweight, 70% suffer unhealthy nutritional patterns, 80% dyslipidemia , 60% of cardiovascular diseases, 50% are smokers and 40% suffer depression.
Lately, there was an increase in type II diabetes in children all over the world where 15-45% were diagnosed among children and youthfuls. Children obesity is considered one of the most important and closely related factors with diabetes. A number of recent studies in the Gulf region indicate that the phenomenon is increasing among school children (10-20%) both in boys and girls which favours the potential for Gulf children to be affected with type II diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that, in 2010, the MENA region is home to 9.3% of the world’s adults with diabetes. Five of the GCC countries appear in the list of the 10 countries with the highest average prevalence of diabetes in the world. (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the 10 highest national levels in the world). Diabetes is already a major challenge in the Gulf region.
Developments of the Gulf Program for Diabetes Control
Resolution # 2 the 61st conference of the Health Ministers (held in Geneva on 26//4/1427 H / 24/5/2006) was issued, which assigned the specialized Gulf committee to undertake the process of development and update of the programme through the following:
1- Review of the Gulf plan for Diabetes Control in the light of the recent scientific updates, and after evaluation of the achievements made in various stages and the reasons for delay and how to overcome these, and hence setting an executive workplan including preventive and promotive aspects.
2- Studying the current situation of the diabetes problem in the Council States and the objectives realized in the Gulf programme for Diabetes Control, reduction of diabetes incidence and its complications along 10 years (based on recommendation #(2-A) for the 53rd meeting of the Executive Body).
The Health Ministers in their 62nd conference held in Kuwait (34-5/1/1428 H/ 23-24/1/2007) expressed their great concern about the steady increase of the diabetes problem in the Gulf community and the long range economic and community burden.
In addition, they emphasized the importance that the specialized technical committee should have an expanded meeting with participation of concerned deputy ministers, with the objective of :
1- Coming up with an integrated updated executive plan to be raised to their excellencies the Ministers of Health and hence to their majesties and highness the prince and leaders of the Cooperation Council States to gain their required commitment to control this disease.
2- Discussing designing a Gulf Study with unified methodology that deals with epidemiology, burden of disease and economics of diabetes. This study shall be community-based.
The Director General of the Executive Board submitted a proposed working paper to update and develop the Gulf plan for Diabetes Control. The working paper included a number of very important items:
1) Evaluation of what has been achieved in the Gulf plan (infrastructure – training, learning and development of health caders - prevention programmes – scientific research).
2) Determinants of the Gulf plan which is considered so far a general framework for a comprehensive plan, especially after defining weaknesses and shortcomings.
3) Methods of realizing the strategic objectives of the Gulf plan guided with the leading international experiences – Finland, UK, USA – the international strategy on diet, physical activity and health.
4) Proposed developmental steps – emphasis on the community dimension – preventive aspect - scientific research.
5) Guarantees of success and continuity – at all levels in (MOH – related authorities – political level and decision making).
The expanded meeting of the Gulf Committee for Diabetes Control was held in Kuwait (10-11/4/1429H - 16-17/4/2008) with participation of the concerned deputy ministers in Kuwait and resulted in great and worthy outcome:
- Setting the Joint statement for the Health Ministers’ Council for the Cooperation Council States about Diabetes.
- Considering the working paper submitted by the Director General of the Executive Board for updating and developing the Gulf plan, a scientific and practical integrated approach for that purpose.
- Setting the Gulf Executive plan for diabetes control (2008/2018).
- Setting the method of preparing and designing the unified Gulf research for epidemiology burden and economics of diabetes.
The meeting came up with (11) recommendations, the most prominent of which were:
- Establishing a Supreme National Council for control of diabetes.
- Setting a general framework for national services of diabetes similar to the national UK system.
- Selection of a national work team to undertake the process of follow up of implementation of the plan.
- Establishing a Gulf research work team to set the Gulf study with unified methodology to deal with epidemiology, burden and economics of diabetes.
Resolution # (1) of the Ministers of Health in the 63rd conference (Geneva, 29/4/1428 H / 16/5/2007) which is considered an applied approach to the directives of the Ministers of Health in their 62nd conference in Kuwait which was named (The conference of diabetes control) and included a number of key directions, on top of which come the following:
1- Signing the “joint statement for the Health Ministers’ of the Cooperation Council States about Diabetes” and its endorsement as a commitment to improve public health and confront the diabetes epidemic.
2- Thanks and appreciation to HE Mr. Abdul-Rahman Bin Hamed Al-Attia – Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf Countries, for5 acknowledging resolution # (4) issued by the conference (62) about “Control of Diabetes” and for the great cooperation in adopting this Gulf project and provision of the required support to control this disease.
3- Thanks to Dr. Tawfik A M Khoja – Director General of the Executive Board Council of Health Ministers’ for Cooperation Council States, for the working paper about updating and development of the Gulf plan for control of diabetes, and considering it a scientific and practical approach for the required updated process in the forthcoming stage.
4- Endorsement of the updating Integrated Executive Gulf plan (2008/2018) set by the specialized technical committees, which included the vision, mission and strategic objectives – mechanisms of implementation as well as indicators of follow up and improvement.
5- Selection of a work team at the highest technical and leading level from the ministry of health to undertake the process of follow up of implementation of the plan and developing it according to the needs and the stages of progress.
6- Calling upon the Council States to establish a supreme national council for control of diabetes, on the basis that control of diabetes is a case of nation and the responsibility of all community classes.
7- Work towards setting a framework for national services for diabetes, similar to the national system in UK. It forms the cornerstone for follow up and continuous improvement.
8- Each member state shall propose the “national executive plan for control of diabetes “based on the general framework for the Gulf executive plan (2008-2018).
It is worthy to mention that the “joint statement for diabetes” document had been circulated to all related bodies, organizations, scientific institutes local, regional and international. The joint statement had a very resonant impact in all those institutions. The most prominent is the message received from the Secretary General / Arab League office (188/5 dated 19/6/2007) in which HE the Secretary General expressed his appreciation and acknowledgement of this important strategy and he proposed establishing an umbrella for protection of diabetic patients at the Arab level. In addition, HE called upon considering this declaration a statement among the formal documents and it had been registered under the number (400) and a copy of this document was put on the website of the Arab League and it had been circulated to the Arab Countries.
The Assistant Secretary General – Chairman of social affairs – General Secretary for the Arab League has been addressed to take the executive actions to include this Gulf document as well as the Gulf Executive plan for Diabetes Control (2008/2018) on the agenda of such meeting. And, to give effect to resolution # (1) for the 63rd conference, and put it into action. A general conception was set by the Executive Board about the actions taken and the proposed mechanisms to give effect to this important historic resolution, according to the following:
A- The joint statement for the health ministers for control of diabetes at the level of:
- Secretary General, Cooperation Council
- The member states
B- The General Executive Steps:
- The Integrated Updated Gulf Executive plan (2008-2018)
- Establishing a national supreme Council for control of diabetes.
C- The Unified Gulf Research:
- Establishing a Gulf Central work team.
- Preparing the estimated budget at the level of each state, then the over all budget.
- Draft protocol ( KSA protocol about diabetes economics, its determinants, burden of disease).
The proposed Interim Operational Plan
Based on the request of the Director General of the Executive Board, the meeting for the Specialized Technical Committee was held alongside the Diabetes Economics Conference “Diabetes Economics – Vital Investment”). The main question was what next? and what are the next steps to combat diabetes. It was agreed on dividing the Gulf plan into 5 stages, where each stage is evaluated, reviewed and the progress assessed as well as shortcomings. Thereafter, a plan for the next stage is set.
It was agreed to put an interim operational plan (2008/2009) as follows:
- it represent the (first ) executive stage of the endorsed Gulf Executive plan.
- It involves the minimum amount of strategies to be implemented
- Mechanisms and requirements for starting implementation of the plan were selected.
Follow up of Implementation
of the Gulf Plan for Diabetes Control
Endorsement of the joint Gulf plan
Resolution of establishing national committee
Organization of Services of Diabetics
A- In the primary health care % of mini diabetes clinics and PHC to the targeted numbers of PHC (in certain days, including a team composed of PHC physician concerned with diabetes, a nurse, nutritionist, at least, with possibility of conduction of diabetes tests Mitroalbumin, HbA1C, and retina examination.
Hypertensive drugs, e.g ACE inhibitors
Anti - hyperlipidemia drugs, e.g. statins
B-Establishing Dialectology Units In public hospitals, involves the following diabetologist, nurse nutritionist, specialist in health education, retina examination
Diabetic Foot Clinics
C- Specialized Center for Diabetes (Tertiary Care) (Absolute No)
Care for diabetic children
a) presence of diabetic children care by a paediatrician concerned with diabetes in hospital
b) presence of a national system for registration of diabetic cases type I (Diamond registry)
Training, learning and development of health centers
a) Issuance of updating the manual of clinical practice for physicians at state level
b) Holding training courses for physicians
c) Training courses for other categories (nursing staff) once every year at minimum
Health awareness and Education for Diabetes
a) brochures, newsletters on diabetes, (diet-complications- feet- pregnancy - fasting
b) activities of diabetes societies and associations (workshops - lectures - symposia - world Diabetes Day - Camps)
a) Primary Prevention Program:
a branch about risk factors and prevention of diabetes - dissemination of educational competitions in newspapers – symposia – TV – essays in newpapers)
To be referred to the Gulf Committee for health education and information, coordination is done with the diabetes committee members.
b) Secondary prevention program
national programmes for early detection of diabetes
Joint Gulf Study about epidemiology of diabetes
In view of the adoption of EMAN project by all Council States, which contains all elements needed for the research on epidemiology of diabetes, and risk factors the committee recommends implementing the STEPwise project within the WHS
KSA has finished the preliminary surveillance and data entry for STEPwise project in Cooperation with King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (mid 1426H) - preliminary report was issued early in 1427 H.
What has been achieved during 2007 ( the year of control of diabetes) has been presented and reviewed by the Health Ministers’ Council in the 64th conference (held in Riyadh, Muharam 1429 H – February 2008) where resolution # (3-A) was issued. The resolution defined the path of the new Gulf programme through the following:
I- Appreciation of the initiative of presenting the joint statement for the Health Ministers’ in the Cooperation Council States about Diabetes, and the endorsed Gulf Executive plan for diabetes control to the next Arab Health Ministers. This is starting from the joint Arab Cooperation principle which was crowned by the proposal of HE the Secretary General of the Arab League concerning “Establishing an umbrella of protection for diabetic patients at the Arab level.
II- Work towards putting resolution # 4 / 62 and 1 / 63 into action and the Council States shall provide the Executive Board with a periodic interim follow up report every 6 months, and specifically the following:
1- Giving effect to the items in the “ joint statement of the Health Ministers about Diabetes” into work executive programmes.
2- Giving effect to the Integrated updated executive Gulf plan (2008/2018) according to the approved mechanisms and indicators.
III-Approval on starting giving effect to and implementing the interim operational aplan (2008-2009) proposed by the technical sub-committee, which is considered the first statge of the endorsed executive plan for control of diabetes.
IV-Finalizing the unified Gulf research project on diabetes according to the following:
A- Endorsing establishment of the Central Gulf Supervisory Team.
B- Finalizing preparation of the estimated budget for the unified Gulf research on diabetes within 3 months.
V- Readdressing HE the Secretary General for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf Countries towards support for securing the required budget.
The 68th Executive Body Meeting was held (Riyadh, 21-23/4/1429 H – 27-29/4/2008) and focused on the following:
● Utilization of the leading experiences in the Council States in implementation of the Gulf Plan for Control of Diabetes, to be exchanged with other countries in the Council, such as:
- Health Promotion Council (in the Kingdom of Bahrain)
- Long term Care program for diabetic patients (in the UAE)
- Health promotion and risk factors prevention clinics (Oman)
- National Campaign for Health Education (KSA)
- Media Campaign for Control of Diabetes (Kuwait)
- Early detection of diabetes and chronic diseases program (Oman)
- Manual for care of chronic Diseases Patients in the health centers – Specialized clinics.
● Consensus on the importance of setting a unified Gulf research protocol on (Economics of Diabetes) in the current stage.
The 67th Conference of the Health Ministers’ Council
(Geneva, 25/5/1430 H – 20/5/2009) which issued resolution # (4) which involved:
1- Raising the Gulf plan for Diabetes Control to the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council in order to persuade the Ministers of Finance to assign additional (separate) budget on the part of the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council states for the Arab Gulf Countries, outside the endorsed MOH budget to control this epidemic according to the set plan.
2- The member states should continue implementation of its strategies and national plans for control of diabetes.
Arabian Project for Control of Diabetes
The Director General of Executive Board gave a very important presentation in the Arab Health Ministers’ Council in Cairo (25-26 Rabi II, 1429 H – 29-30/6/2008) in the preparatory meeting for the Arab economic developmental and social summit, under the title (The Arabian Project for Control of Diabetes). In his presentation, he requested:
● Adoption and update of the Arab plan for control of diabetes.
● Prevention of chronic diseases.
● Achieving the new global goal: reduction of mortality rate by 2% annually (The planned goal for 2015 at the global level).
The meeting ended up with a very comprehensive vision for joint statement by the Arab Health Ministers for Control of Diabetes.
The 68th Conference of the Health Ministers’ Council (Abu-Dhabi, 18/2/1431 H – 2/2/2010)
Resolution # 17 was issued, it affirmed the following:
1- Assigning the Gulf Committee for Control of Diabetes to conduct a comprehensive evaluation for the progress made in implementation of the Gulf Executive Plan for Diabetes Control – (2008/ 2018) at the national level of each of the Council States, priorities of joint Gulf work will be set, and requirements of the current and future stage will be defined, based on the plan.
2- Work towards reformulation of the Gulf plan strategies referred to above, together with setting the necessary executive plans for the following priorities (as a first stage of the Gulf plan):
- Joint health research.
- Training and qualification of the health team.
- Health education and promotion of healthy life style.
The 11th Meeting of the Gulf Committee for Diabetes Control
(Kuwait, 30/3-1/4/1431 H – 15-16/3/2010) which included a number of principal functions:
1- Comprehensive evaluation of the operational plan (phase I) for the Diabetes Control Plan (2008 – 2009)
2- Setting priorities of the joint Gulf work based on the integrated plan (2008 – 2018):
a. Continue work on all principal elements of phase I of the plan.
b. Necessity for health leaders commitment of provision of financial, technical support to ensure continuity.
c. Start of measuring indicators of mechanisms of application.
3- Defining the requirements for the current and future stages.
4- Reformulation of the endorsed Gulf plan strategies (Based on the evaluation study for the operational plan phase I, defining the weakness points and methods of development). In phase II, (2010 – 2012) the following points were stressed:
a) Joint health research.
b) Training and qualification of the health team.
c) Health education and promotion of healthy life styles.
d) Defining methods of monitoring, follow-up and evaluation of diabetes control.
The 69th Conference of the Health Ministers’ Council
(Geneva, 4/6/1431 H – 18/5/2010) which issued resolution # 3 affirming the following:
1- Appreciation of the progress made in application of the operational plan for the first stage (2008/2009) of the Updated Integrated Gulf Executive Plan (2008/2019) in most of the Council States , even if at variable rates , especially in the fields of primary and secondary prevention , as well as improvement of health care quality provided to diabetic patients . This strongly indicates the commitment and concern of confrontation of the diabetes problem and its control according to the available capacities in the Ministry of Health in each country.
2- Endorsement of the operational plan for the second stage (2010/2012) for control of diabetes , to act accordingly ,to ensure sustained optimum implementation of the Integrated Gulf Executive Plan for Diabetes Control (2008/2018) according to the set priorities and capacities
3- Endorsed the comprehensive evaluation report about the achievements made in the Ist. Interim operational plan for diabetes control (2008/2009).
4- Urges the Council States to work towards fulfilling the requirements of the next stage of implementation of the Gulf Plan for diabetes control as follows:
a) necessity to directly coordinate and communicate with concerned and related bodies and departments in the Ministry of Health – to avoid duplication in implementation and contradictions in giving effect to the resolutions.
b) Sustained commitment on the part of the high health leadership to support and promote the implementation of the objectives and strategies of the endorsed Gulf Plan for Diabetes Control (2008/2018) through provision of all technical, administrative and financial support.
c) Assignment of a focal point (in each state) to be in charge of follow-up, evaluation and communication with all bodies concerned with implementation of the Gulf plan. Necessary capacities are granted to these focal points.
5- Endorsement of the “Jeddah Declaration for Diabetic Care” which matches the objectives and strategies of the Gulf Executive plan for Diabetes Control (2008/2018) and in particular the component of promotion of empowerment policies for diabetic patients in the field of healthcare provided to them in an integrative way with all health systems frameworks.
6- Emphasizes the importance of introducing health research in the field of diabetes health economics and burden of disease within the second operational phase of the plan implementation, guided with the Saudi Scientific Research Protocol, and according to the available capacities and budgets in each of the Council States.
7- Urges the member states to endorsement the work by National Registry System for all diabetic patients (type 1, 2 and all other kind), and prepare complete data-base to help in updating, follow up and evaluation according to fourth goal of the integrated Gulf Executive Plan.
8- Urging the member states to effectively participate in the International Diabetes Leadership Forum to be held in Dubai (6-7 Muharam, 1432 H/ 12-13 December 2010) in cooperation and coordination with the MOH, UAE and the Executive Board of the Health Ministers Council for Cooperation Council States, the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) and the World Bank (WB); with early preparation of scientific papers.
9- Urging the member states to participate in the International conference on diabetes, to be held in the United Arab Emirates during Safar 1432 H/ December 2011, organized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Economic Forum and some UN organizations in collaboration with the MOH, UAE and Dubai Health Authority and the Executive Board of the Health Ministers’ Council for the Cooperation Council States.
The 70th conference of the Health Ministers’ Council
(Doha, Qatar, 30/2/1432 H – 3/2/2011) which issued resolution # 3, which involved the following:
1. Thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum – Vice Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance of the UAE for his gracious patronage of the “MENA Diabetes Leadership Forum 2010 – Dubai” under the theme “Uniting perspectives… to Confront Challenges” during the period from 6-7 Muharram 1432 H / 12-13 December, 2010 which has a great impact on the regional and international level.
2. Express thanks to HE Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali – Minister of Health, UAE for the great efforts exerted in organization and constructive cooperation with the regional and international organizations and institutions, which resulted in such high standard of the Diabetes Leadership Forum in Dubai, and positively impacted its outcome at the Gulf and regional level.
3. Endorsement of the “Dubai Declaration” on Diabetes and NCDs, 2010, which is in line with the Gulf Executive plan for diabetes control (2008 – 2018) in terms of the content and objectives. There is a need to update the plan mechanisms to match the component of “appropriate care of women, pregnant, children and empowerment of patients as well as strengthening dialogue with care providers in an integrative form with all health system frameworks.
4. Assigning the Gulf Committee for Diabetes Control to study methods of scientific and practical cooperation towards effective and constructive Gulf participation as well as appropriate preparation for the international Diabetes Congress to be held in Dubai (Saffar, 1433 H / December 2011) and organized by the MOH – UAE as well as Dubai Health Authority and the Executive Board, Health Ministers’ Council for Gulf Cooperation Council States in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the International Economic Forum and a number of UN organizations.
5. Urging the Council States to intensify their technical, scientific, media and diplomatic efforts towards unified and supportive Gulf presence for prevention and control of Non-communicable diseases as a platform for development and community investment in the High level UN Summit in New York, September 2011. Support of the Expected UN resolution should be made through formal diplomatic channels in this regard.
Developmental needs for the next stage
1- Increasing care of related training and educational programs so as to bridge the gaps in implementation of the Gulf executive plan in terms of assistant technical caders in the diabetes treatment and follow-up team (nurses – educators – nutritionists, podiatrists) through:
a) Utilization of short-term courses in KSA, Bahrain and Kuwait.
b) International cooperation in the use of the endorsed training course offered by the IDF.
c) Effective participation of nutrition departments in designing qualifying courses for the necessary national caders in the field of diabetes and nutrition.
2- Giving more attention to methods of supervisions, evaluation and performance measurement to assure provision of integrated services to diabetes and at the 3 levels:
a) Patient – related quality measures, quality of control of diabetes and other risk factors.
b) Health-service quality measures (Integrated health team – essential medicines – qualified a lab to fulfill the most recent needs)
3- Promotion of the role of non-governmental and voluntary societies to develop the Gulf control plan, with an integrative role with the MOH in health education of the society, in addition to adoption of some of the successful programs in control of diabetes and taking part in the self-control costs of diabetes.
4- Update and development of the Gulf plan for Control of Diabetes in the light of the recent national, regional and international trends, through the following axes:
a) Monitoring and evaluation of the progress made in the Gulf plan for control of diabetes, and identification of positive and negative aspects, and hence setting executive field applicable work plans.
b) Study of the diabetes current situation in the Council States and the objectives achieved in the Gulf program for Diabetes Control towards reduction of the disease prevalence and its complications during 10 years.
c) Giving effect to the organizational framework and putting a mechanism for implementation of the Council resolutions related to support and strengthening of the role of primary healthcare in the field of control of diabetes.
5- Investment in health system research, and implementation of community health research modules that are realistic and comparable, in addition to measurement of costs of diabetic care and prevention.
Unification of all related activities and programs in the field of control of diabetes in a unified Gulf framework for “health promotion” guided with the successful international and national experiences.
Jeddah Declaration for Care of Diabetics
This was issued by the third International Conference of the Gulf Group for the study of Diabetes held under the theme (Control of Diabetes… Time for Action) under kind patronage of HRH prince/ Khalid Bin Faisal Bin Turki Al-Saud and in collaboration with the Executive Board, Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council States, Health Affairs – National Guard, IDF and any other international, regional and academic organizations.
The declaration had been circulated to all concerned health institutions: Gulf – Arab, regional and international.
It was endorsed by resolution # 3 issued by the 69th conference (paragraph 5) held in Geneva (4/6/1431 H – 18/5/2010)
Mena Diabetes Leadership Forum 2010 Dubai
This was held in Dubai, UAE, on 6-7 Muharram 1432 H corresponding to 12-13 December 2010, under the high patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance of the UAE. The Forum was hosted by the UAE Ministry of Health, the Executive Board of the Health Ministers’ Council for GCC states, the World Diabetes Foundation and the World Bank Group (MENA region), and supported by the Dubai Health Authority, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, the WHO/ EMRO, the International Diabetes Federation, the Emirates Diabetes Society, the Gulf Group for the Study of Diabetes, the MENA Health Policy Forum, the Imperial College London, the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Steno Diabetes Center.
This forum comes within the series of Gulf international conferences and forums endorsed by the Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council States, and was reaffirmed by resolution # 3 for the 69th conference, May 2010.
Aims of the Forum
- Attraction of the attention of health institutions and all related bodies to the need to put chronic diseases notably diabetes on the agenda of political commitment and public health.
- Prevention of the policies and criteria of diabetic care, and strengthening the methods of prevention, early detection and good control of the disease.
- Paving the local, regional and international atmosphere to the International Diabetes Conference to be held in Dubai, 2011.
The forum ended up with Dubai Declaration on Diabetes and Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.
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