DUBAI, UAE, 1 February 2024: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced it has wrapped up four days of participation in the 49th edition of Arab Health 2024 held at Dubai World Trade Centre from January 29 to February 1. Making the announcement through a Press release, MoHAP said, it showcased projects, a blend of innovative health services and the latest health initiatives, highlighting MoHAP’s commitment to boosting the sector’s competitiveness. Furthermore, MoHAP said the Ministry’s participation was under a unified national platform called “Emirates Health,” including the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Health Authority.
MoHAP said the platform attracted an impressive turnout of visitors, including interested individuals, officials, and VIPs, and added that it served as a venue for exchanging experiences and expertise with government entities and specialized regional and international private companies present at the exhibition.
As the exhibition ended, MoHAP said, the “Emirates Health” platform hosted an award ceremony honouring work teams, including exhibitors, government communication teams of the UAE health authorities, and volunteers. MoHAP said, H.E. Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary, Health Regulation Sector; H.E. Dr Saleh Al Ali, Executive Director, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and H.E. Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO, Health Regulation Sector at Dubai Health Authority, attended the ceremony.
According to MoHAP, the following initiatives were showcased at the event:
Health Research Platform
MoHAP said the Health Research Platform was a standout among the showcased initiatives. The Ministry said this project is the first of its kind in the GCC region and Arab countries, and it aims to provide data from credible sources on various health research topics and fields. MoHAP added that it features automatically and interactively updated information published by academic institutions, healthcare entities, and the private sector, covering medical topics and basic sciences related to health fields since 2017.
Healthcare Workforce Decision Support System
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said it also announced the launch of the Healthcare Workforce Decision Support System (HRH-UAE). MoHAP said the comprehensive digital platform is designed to manage healthcare professionals at various career stages, including academic studies, vocational training, licencing, and employment. Furthermore, MoHAP said the system operates under the auspices of the National Healthcare Emiratisation Committee, aggregating crucial data for better workforce management.
Carbon Footprint Analysis
In a significant step towards environmental sustainability, the Ministry said it unveiled the Carbon Footprint Analysis Project in the Healthcare Sector. MoHAP said that implemented in collaboration with relevant health authorities, and the project has been piloted at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City to identify and quantify greenhouse gas emissions within these facilities, in addition to assessing and enhancing the health sector’s energy-saving capabilities, optimising resource utilisation, and implementing sustainable practices. The project, MoHAP said, comes in line with the UAE’s strategy to reduce emissions and achieve climate neutrality by 2050, adhering to the commitments made at the Conference of the Parties (COP28).
The Ministry said it also shed light on the latest updates introduced to the “Tatmeen” platform, the first of its kind initiative in the region to track pharmaceutical products. Tatmeen, MoHAP said, aims to strengthen and secure the supply chains for healthcare facilities in the country and enhance control over all circulating medicines by implementing an integrated smart system that connects federal and local authorities, manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, and consumers.
At Arab Health 2024, the Ministry said it discussed the progress of “Hayat”, the National Programme for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation. The programme, MoHAP said, represents a national system dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation efforts and transplantation in accordance with the highest international standards. Furthermore, MoHAP said, working in coordination with various local and international strategic partners, the programme seeks to encourage community members to participate in organ donation, thereby improving health and safety for all.
National Prediabetes & Diabetes Screening Campaign
The Ministry said it also highlighted the key outcomes of the National Prediabetes and Diabetes Screening campaign launched last October. The initiative, MoHAP said, focuses on the early detection of type II diabetes, aiming to enhance prevention and reduce its prevalence in the country as part of the national health indicators.
The Ministry said it showcased the latest updates introduced to the Alhosn App. The recently added features, MoHAP said, include data on children’s vaccinations from birth up to the age of 18 years, reinforcing commitment to the National Immunisation Programme and the prevention of communicable diseases. This update, MoHAP added, was developed in cooperation with the “Riayati” platform—the unified national health record—and aims to increase the percentage of children covered by vaccinations.