Healthcare

Diabetes claims one life in every 7 seconds

Diabetes claims one life in every 7 seconds

One of the biggest devil on earth–diabetes According to a report by World Health Organization (WHO), Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of deaths globally claiming more lives annually than from any other cause. CVD is a major complication of diabetes and the leading cause of early death among people with diabetes—about 65% […]

 
 

Mothers and children need more social protection: UN

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Mothers and children need more – not less – social protection, says UN labour agency Calling for greater “social protection” for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die in child birth […]

 
 

Arab Health 2015: The Middle East’s largest healthcare industry event opens

Arab Health, now in its 40th year focuses on hypertension, the future of surgery and the ageing population Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is the Middle East’s largest healthcare event and the second largest in the world. The event will take place from 26-29 January 2015 at the Dubai World […]

 
 

Stimulus to Dubai Medical Tourism: DHA Unveils New Healthcare Initiative

Stimulus to Dubai Medical Tourism: DHA Unveils New Healthcare Initiative

DHA has come up with an innovative plan to step up Dubai medical tourism sector. Dubai attracts millions of tourists from all over the world who come to see the fusion of modernity and traditionalism that prevails all over the region. But there are various dimensions to the tourism aspect […]

 
 

Biometric Technology in Healthcare for EHR Data Integrity

Biometric Technology in Healthcare for EHR Data Integrity

The digitization of healthcare is upon us. More hospitals and healthcare providers are implementing computerized patient records, physician order entry systems (CPOE), treatment histories, and even billing information. An Electronic Health Record (EHR) system has major benefits such as: Increasing patient safety by reduction of medical errors Improving organizational outcomes […]

 
 

Middle East and Africa Health Care costs set to rise

Middle East and Africa Health Care costs set to rise

-Deloitte: Saudi Arabia spends 4.3% of GDP on health care -Deloitte: Health care delivery in the Middle East is dominated by the public sector “The fastest-growing region in the coming years could be the Middle East and Africa, where spending is expected to rise by an average of 10 percent […]

 
 

Dubai Courts introduces ‘Twitter Visit’

Dubai Courts introduces ‘Twitter Visit’

Dubai Courts has introduced a new programme named ‘Twitter Visit’ which aims to boost confidence in the Dubai judicial system, both locally and internationally. The Dubai government has wisely harnessed the power of social media to disseminate information to engage with the general public and in the case of Dubai […]

 
 

Qatar healthcare market expansion opportunities

Qatar healthcare market expansion opportunities

KFH Research latest report says the Qatar healthcare sector is expected to boom with the rapid increase in population due to large-scale projects announced and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar’s economy has been performing well which translates positively towards the healthcare sector. As a result of urbanisation and rising […]

 
 

Dubai hospitals get ‘smarter’

Dubai hospitals get ‘smarter’

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced an initiative to mobile-enable the various services it provides to residents. A top DHA official has said that hospital beds and waiting areas of all health centres, including hospitals and specialty centres will be equipped with Android tablets. Mobile technology is poised to revolutionize […]

 
 

Counting on private sector for Saudi healthcare needs

Counting on private sector for Saudi healthcare needs

The healthcare sector in Saudi Arabia may come under tremendous pressure and fail to meet the growing healthcare needs of the country if the private sector does not step up and contribute. A report by Deloitte reveals that some provinces in the kingdom suffer from undersupply of beds and facilities, […]

 
 

Opportunities and Challenges for GCC eHealth

Opportunities and Challenges for GCC eHealth

It can be said that electronic media is a force that has led to the building of partnerships among different organisations, both local and national, to ensure continued development of society at large. Investment in GCC eHealth can help promote better resident health. However, regional governments need to make an […]

 
 

MSD Elonva – A boon for Infertility in the UAE

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During an event hosted at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai today, MSD announced the launch of a new fertility treatment; MSD Elonva, that is expected to bring new hope to thousands of couples across the country. (MSD Elonva Corifollitropin alfa) Already a global issue, infertility affects an estimated 48.5 million […]

 
 

HRH Mohamed bin Zayed pledges Global Child Health Initiative Support

HRH Mohamed bin Zayed pledges Global Child Health Initiative Support

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, pledged a donation of USD 120 million (AED 440 million) in support of a child health initiative to eradicate polio by 2018, worldwide. The prime focus will be in the regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where […]

 
 

Healthcare investments in the GCC to cross USD 79 billion

Healthcare investments in the GCC to cross USD 79 billion

A GCC Healthcare Report by Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) highlights that healthcare expenditures in the region are expected to surge to USD 79 billion in 2015. Currently, five major healthcare projects are under completion in the six Gulf countries. Public health expenditure spending is expected to equal about 64 percent […]

 
 

Time for the Pharmaceutical industry to redefine emerging markets, says Booz & Company’s latest study

Time for the Pharmaceutical industry to redefine emerging markets, says Booz & Company’s latest study

One in two top pharma company managers expect share of revenues coming from emerging markets to exceed 30% by 2018 We are witnessing an influx of global pharma manufacturers focusing on optimising their Middle East operations and setting up joint ventures and with regional public and private sector players, with […]

 
 

DNA Integrative Medicine & Wellness Center: Abu Dhabi forays into Health Tourism

DNA Integrative Medicine & Wellness Center: Abu Dhabi forays into Health Tourism

DNA Integrative Medicine & Wellness Center could turn out to be the UAE’s prime destination for Medical Tourism. Hailed as a landmark medical treatment centre, it will be launched May 14th, 2013 on Saadiyat Island. The centre will be based on the island at St. Regis Resort. The DNA Integrative […]

 
 

Endometriosis treatment – A Breakthrough!

Endometriosis treatment – A Breakthrough!

A new medicine for endometriosis was announced during the two-day Obs-Gyne Exhibition & Congress, held March 31 – April 2, 2013, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE. Previously, the only remedy available for the medical condition were pain relievers. Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological […]

 
 

Tender floated for mega healthcare project in Abu Dhabi

Tender floated for mega healthcare project in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company has announced tenders for development of a major new healthcare project in Abu Dhabi. Also known as SEHA, the company has issued a statement inviting bids for the construction of a new Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). After receiving tenders, SEHA will select the […]

 
 

Expats in Kuwait to face higher medical fees

Expats in Kuwait to face higher medical fees

The government of Kuwait is seeking to propose an increase in medical fees for expatriates living in the country. The medical services previously have been available free of charge (or at minimal costs) to the expatriates. The Ministry of Health quotes the reason for such a drastic measure as the […]

 
 

Saudi Arabia: Pfizer to construct new manufacturing plant

Saudi Arabia: Pfizer to construct new manufacturing plant

Pfizer, a major player in the global pharmaceutical industry, has announced that it will soon begin construction work on a new manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia. Foundation stone for the new facility has been laid in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The 32,000 square meter plant will be built at […]

 
 

Dubai aspiring to be a global health tourism hub

Dubai aspiring to be a global health tourism hub

Major investments in the healthcare sector and an easy visa regime ay help Dubai to become the global health tourism hub and attract millions of tourists to the emirate each year. The head of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) believes that the number of medical tourists receiving treatment in the emirate […]

 
 

Building Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare – The Way Forward for GCC States

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Governments are to face unprecedented demands in healthcare in the coming decades, partly owing to the high prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes.The current model where most of the direct healthcare costs are taken up by the state seems to be unsustainable in the long run. A […]

 
 

Jordan’s pharmaceutical exports rise 20% in 2012 despite adverse conditions

Jordan’s pharmaceutical exports rise 20% in 2012 despite adverse conditions

Jordan’s pharmaceutical exports made impressive gains in the regional and global market, witnessing an increase of 20 per cent in 2012. The growth in exports was recorded despite adverse regional conditions and other difficulties facing the industry. According to Mohammad Ali Shahin of the Jordan Chamber of Industry, export of […]

 
 

Medical Professionals Welcomed to UAE

Medical Professionals Welcomed to UAE

The government of UAE has adopted a favorable policy to promote accessibility of healthcare facilities and welcome a greater number of highly qualified medical to the emirate. Speaking to Arab News on the sidelines of the Government Summit, Dr. Salem Al-Darmaki, undersecretary at Ministry of Health in the United Arab […]

 
 

Reliance on Imported Healthcare continues in Saudi Arabia

Reliance on Imported Healthcare continues in Saudi Arabia

New figures released by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health reveal that the healthcare sector created thousands of jobs, with 1,364 specialists recruited from abroad, last year. A total of 2,087 consultant physicians were appointed at various levels to provide health services across the Kingdom. The specialists hired from abroad belong […]

 
 

Asia emerging as a hub for global pharmaceutical industry

Asia emerging as a hub for global pharmaceutical industry

Jones Lang LaSalle report sees life sciences sector place greater emphasis on Asia as a market, manufacturing and R&D location Pharmaceutical multinationals are reinforcing their presence in Asia, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s latest Global Life Sciences Cluster Report. Widening patient pools and increasing consumer demand in emerging markets is […]

 
 

Jobs galore in Qatar’s health sector

Jobs galore in Qatar’s health sector

The Doha-based Sidra Medical and Research Center, slated to open next year, plans to hire over 4,500 medical staff over the next two years. The state-of-the-art medical facility will provide healthcare services focused on obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics. The hiring process will give preferential treatment to Arab medical professionals to […]

 
 

Abraaj enters African pharmaceutical market

Abraaj enters African pharmaceutical market

Dubai-based private equity investor Abraaj has announced its plans to make an investment in Vine Pharmaceuticals, the largest pharmacy retail chain in Uganda. Abraaj is involved with the International Finance Corporation, The African Development Bank, DEG and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in the Africa Health Fund. This is Abraaj’s […]

 
 

Oman aims to become Regional Hub for Medical Tourism

Oman aims to become Regional Hub for Medical Tourism

The Sultanate of Oman has announced its plans to spend an estimated USD 1.5 billion on the construction of a medical complex. According to Ahmed Al Qasmi, director general for planning at the health ministry, the government would be inviting bids for the construction this year in northern Batnah. Batnah […]

 
 

Arab Health 2013 – Middle East’s Largest Healthcare Event opens its doors

Arab Health 2013 – Middle East’s Largest Healthcare Event opens its doors

Arab Health 2013 opens its doors for 38th year focusing on diabetes, complementary medicine and big data. Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, the Middle East’s largest healthcare event, which takes place from 28-31 January 2013 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The four-day event runs until the end […]

 
 

Depression brings worries for Middle East

Depression brings worries for Middle East

A new study has warned that growing depression among Middle East population could result in impairment of social, familial and work role functioning. Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the study points out that almost 7 percent of population in Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, is affected by depression. […]

 
 

Dubai: Health Insurance Services under the Watch

Dubai: Health Insurance Services under the Watch

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced its plans to regulate the services provided through health insurance by the first quarter of 2013. The move comes in view of increasing number of complaints regarding insurance fraud, abuse, and cases of “over-treatment” in the emirate. The health insurance industry in Dubai […]

 
 

IT in Healthcare: The Next Big Thing in GCC

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The GCC region is responding well to increasing healthcare requirements of its population by investing heavily in healthcare information technology (IT). According to a new report by Frost & Sullivan, GCC governments will be required to invest more than $550m by 2015 in this healthcare sector. In 2011, the total […]

 
 

Kuwait boosting rainy day fund for future generations

Kuwait boosting rainy day fund for future generations

Kuwait said on Monday it wants to raise the amount of revenue set aside in a rainy day fund to 25% from 10% in the 2012-2013 budget. The Kuwaiti cabinet asked the finance ministry to put the change in the budget, the state news agency KUNA said in an SMS news alert. […]

 
 

Tripoli assures medical bills to be paid soon as Jordan hospitals stop admitting more Libyans

Tripoli assures medical bills to be paid soon as Jordan hospitals stop admitting more Libyans

A Libyan official said on Saturday his government will hire a Jordanian firm to help process financial claims filed by hospitals in Amman that treated around 55,000 injured patients flown from Libya over the past year. Private Hospitals Association chairman Fawzi Hamouri and director of the Libyan health office in […]

 
 

Struggling Jordan demands Libya to pay bills

Struggling Jordan demands Libya to pay bills

Jordan has demanded Libya to pay more than $200 million in medical and hotel bills for tens of thousands of Libyans who were flown for hospital treatment in Amman after the overthrow of Gaddafi’s regime in an armed uprising. The Hashemite Kingdom, a top destination in the Arab world for medical care, is desperate […]

 
 

UAE lifts ban on British beef imports

UAE lifts ban on British beef imports

The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water announced on Tuesday it is lifting the ban on the import of British beef and British beef products with immediate effect. The news comes at a time when British farmers and the wider UK economy is looking to boost exports and earn valuable […]

 
 

GCC to impose heavy taxes on soft drinks, tobacco products

GCC to impose heavy taxes on soft drinks, tobacco products

Soft drink addicts would have to pay 50% more for their favourite beverage as authorities in the Gulf are pondering to impose a tax on these products, media reports suggested on Tuesday. The proposed tax will hit tobacco users as well as they could end up paying an additional 50% […]

 
 

Jordan to provide nursing graduates to Canadian hospital in Dubai

Jordan to provide nursing graduates to Canadian hospital in Dubai

The Canadian Specialist Hospital (CSH) has signed an agreement with Jordan’s Ministry of Labour to develop, train, and employ nursing graduates from Jordan in its Dubai campus. “Jordan’s healthcare infrastructure is taking dynamic strides and making rapid progress. Although we see the number of nursing graduates increasing, there are limited […]

 
 

Dubai Health Authority signs MoU with Mubadala Healthcare

Dubai Health Authority signs MoU with Mubadala Healthcare

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Mubadala Healthcare signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate pertaining to areas such as knowledge-sharing, partnership initiatives and improved access to care for patients in Dubai. The initial focus will be on three of Mubadala Healthcare’s facilities, Wooridul Spine Centre, Tawam Molecular Imaging Centre and […]