- Envision Arabia Summit
- EAS 2012
- EAS 2011
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Health and Well Being
As we look towards the promising future of the region, we hope to bring together those with a passion for this field to devise innovative solutions to these issues and more. By integrating preventative medicine, including health education as part of the educational systems of the Arab world, continuing the improvements in hygiene and infrastructure that have already begun, and enhancing research efforts and health-information systems, we can work together to identify a sustainable and progressive system. In so doing, we can begin to support the development necessary to improve the quality of living for all those who inhabit the Arab world.
Subtopics to be discussed at Envision Arabia 2011:
1) HIV/AIDS and Public Health Planning - Today, there is much controversy surrounding the status of the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Middle East; however, it is clear from the concentrated HIV epidemics recently reported that this is a major contemporary health issue in the region. By creating awareness, support systems, and treatment options, we can begin to address the spread of this disease as well as help those already suffering. Public health planning will also be crucial in creating system-wide solutions.
2) Smoking and Drug Abuse - Although its effects on health are well-known, smoking remains very prominent amongst people in the Arab world and is slowly appropriating itself into the culture, becoming the social norm. Drug abuse is also on the rise. It is important to realize that these habits not only affect the health of those who directly take part, but they also pose a great danger to the overall well-being of society at large and must be addressed promptly.
3) Obesity and Non-communicable Diseases - Lack of awareness about general nutrition, poor diet and exercise regimes, and other causes have produced alarming health problems in the Middle East ranging from obesity to diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. These health issues greatly affect the daily lives of those who experience them, and lifestyle changes – as well as systemic ones – can help reduce this suffering.
4) Health Systems and Economic Growth - In order to enhance the quality of life for those in the Arab world, sustainable health systems that can provide effective care must be constructed. It is crucial to examine how this can be accomplished in a way that recognizes the nuances of economic development as it pertains to health systems.
ADI Health and Well-being Chair: Katharine L. Fischer