Summit to discuss healthcare needs of rising population

ABU DHABI — The first summit of the Global Medical Forum (GMF) will be held in Abu Dhabi from May 1 to discuss building of superior healthcare system for the growing population of the emirate.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Mon 18 Apr 2005, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

The three-day summit, which will be the first in a series of annual summits to be held in GCC countries and the subcontinent, is being organised by the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and the Global Medical Forum Foundation, under the patronage of Shaikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman, General Authority for Health Services, Abu Dhabi, and Chairman, Abu Dhabi Economic Development and Planning Department.

Attended by global health experts, the summit will explore specific and general regional healthcare needs of GCC countries, with focus on the Indian subcontinent through an interactive set of plenary sessions and round-table discussions.

The objective of the summit is to enable healthcare policy-makers, market leaders and the Press from the region to have direct access to those who have dealt with many of the same challenges, the organisers said.

The summit will examine questions as to how GCC countries will deal with the healthcare needs of their growing population in the light of increasing revenues from oil, gas and commerce; whether they should look to the US, Europe or Asia for models in national healthcare system development.

In a press conference held at the Abu Dhabi Men's College (ADMC) yesterday, Dr Tayeb Kamali, ADMC Director and CEO of CERT said HCT was committed to help the nation foster an environment conducive for effective technology transfer and capacity building in healthcare equipment, pharmaceutical industry and healthcare informatics.

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