Wednesday, December 8, 2010

World Health Congress Middle East makes headlines


The World Health Congress Middle East concluded yesterday. Today, the team has one more hospital visit. While on site at the Congress, our doctors had the unique opportunity to spend time understanding the health care challenges that many countries face. Some themes are similar: sustainability, affordability, overall health care reform, and service delivery. Some themes are unique to individual countries, for example how governments approach the difficult task of ensuring health care reaches every corner of a large, diverse population. The spirit of open dialogue, innovation, and collaboration that was emphasized throughout the conference was clear even in the media coverage of the event. Many Middle Eastern news outlets featured the events and highlighted some of the innovative ideas presented. This included coverage of the team at the Sheikh Zayed Institute who played an active role both in the conference dialogue and in several meetings and visits with local medical professionals and hospital administrators. Here are some stories that highlight the shared goals of the conference and Children’s National. Additionally, Dr. Peters and Dr. Sze were featured in Ittihad, the primary Arabic language newspaper in Abu Dhabi (see image above).

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