Healthcare & Medicine

Kuwait, Germany sign cooperation agreement in health field

Kuwaiti Health Minister Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer signed a cooperation agreement covering various fields of bilateral medical cooperation. The agreement includes the exchange of expertise in medical sciences, and organizing workshops between Kuwaiti doctors and their German counterparts along with bolstering cooperation among Kuwaiti universities and hospitals on one side, and their German counterparts on the other side. The agreement will also facilitate the transfer of Kuwaiti doctors to German universities and hospitals. One reason behind choosing Germany for such agreement, Al-Sayer said that Kuwait, ""enjoys good ties in the medical field with other countries like Canada, US, France and UK, and not only Germany,"" though Germany is known for its progress in particular medical fields, and consequently Kuwait wants to take advantage of such German expertise. Further, he made clear that Kuwait would make use of German medical expertise in the fields of osteology and neurosurgery. Source: Global Arab Network

World leaders urged to join diabetes battle in Dubai

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is urging world leaders to intensify the political momentum expected to come out of the UN High Level Meeting in September by attending the bi-annual World Diabetes Congress in Dubai this December 4-8. The Congress is expected to witness a record-breaking attendance and has already surpassed early registration targets identified after the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal in 2009. The four day event will see opinion leaders address how to tackle the diabetes epidemic in the wake of the UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), on behalf of the 300 million people living with diabetes. As part of its “Global Health” stream, IDF will involve key opinion leaders and decision-makers across sectors concerned with health. Participants will include representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank, representatives from the UN Summit on NCDs, and key government officials globally. The movement to involve global political leaders in the Summit and its aftermath has already begun with the launch of IDF’s O is for Outrage campaign designed to secure US President Obama’s attendance at the UN High Level Meeting and influence other decision-makers to do the same. Dubai was chosen as a Congress destination due to the staggering increase of diabetes in the region. The United Arab Emirates has the second highest diabetes prevalence globally and, if immediate action is not taken, over 20% of the country’s population could be living with diabetes within a generation. The Congress program aspires to create a wide-ranging program covering all aspects of the diabetes field. The five program streams for the Congress are: Clinical and Basic Science, Education and Integrated Care, Global Challenges in Health, Health Systems and Epidemiology, and Life with Diabetes. Source: Emirates Week

Major expansion of Jeddah medical center planned

A major expansion project of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Jeddah has been announced. The goal of the expansion is to position KFSH&RC-Jeddah as the pre-eminent regional specialist hospital, said a statement. This program will expand and enhance patient care in the areas of pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, neuro-sciences and clinical research. The expansion will increase the bed count at the center to approximately 850 and will consist of an interconnected campus. Vanir Construction Management, on behalf of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, has invited expressions of interest from qualified contractors for the works. Expressions of interest will be accepted up to the bid announcement, anticipated to be August 3, 2011. Formal bid announcements will be advertised in selected Saudi print media and at KFSH&RC website (www.kfshrcj.org). Source: TradeArabia News Service