First Arab Children Health Congress in Dubai

A Staff Reporter
Filed on March 2, 2006

DUBAI — The first Arab Children Health Congress will be held from March 6 to 9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To be conducted under the slogan Hear Me, the congress will provide a platform for children with health challenges to voice their concerns and express their opinion about their needs. Launched by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the event is expected to attract some 500 participants including officials, specialists, educators, special needs children and their families.

Announcing the details of the congress yesterday, Maryam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, who represented Princess Haya said: “This is the first such event in the Arab World that gives children with health challenges the opportunity to voice their medical and social needs as seen from their own perspective.”

Al Roumi lauded Princess Haya’s role in conceptualising the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Dohms, Dubai Education Zone and other stakeholders in health, education and social affairs sectors.

“All recommendations at the end of the congress will be taken seriously and concrete implementation will be ensured,” the minister promised, adding that the congress will discuss children’s issues at length and also work out their solutions. In its first year, the congress will discuss the main concerns of children with special needs in Dubai, with the objective of enhancing the understanding of their various requirements and needs by decision makers and the community, she said.

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