The past year has been good for healthcare in
the region. We have seen considerable expansion
of new infrastructure. Many new hospitals
have opened in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan,
Iraq and other countries in the Middle East.
This is good not only for the many advertisers in
this magazine who are now seeing greater
demand for their products across the region, but
importantly, it is good for many people on the
ground who now have easier access to healthcare,
where before it may have been more difficult.
This is particularly the case in Saudi
Arabia where a massive government-funded drive to build hospitals is ongoing.
In this issue you can read the news about Saudi King Abdullah inaugurating
420 healthcare facilities across the kingdom and laying the foundation
stones for a further 120 health infrastructure projects.
This phenomenal growth is reflected in this bumper issue of Middle East
Health, our largest to date. Thanks to the excellent advertising support, we
are able to cover a lot of ground editorially. We look at news of the novel
coronavirus that has killed 5 people in the region and could potentially
trigger another world-wide scare similar to SARS a few years ago. We report
on a new Atlas of Health and Climate released by the WHO and the World
Meteorological Organisation to help regional health organisations be better
prepared to deal with weather-related disasters, which are expected to get
more frequent and intense as climate change takes a hold. Also in this issue
you will find news on an important study released in December that looks at
the global burden of disease and the remarkable epidemiological changes
that have occurred over the past two decades – people are now living longer,
but ironically more people are living with sickness.
We run an interesting report on Iraq – potentially the next big healthcare
market in the Middle East. A doctor, who volunteers for Médecins
Sans Frontières, writes about his experiences doing surgery in a cave in
Syria for victims of the bloody civil uprising there. We look at medical
ethics and whether doctors are failing to disclose conflicts of interest on
This is just a taste of what this expansive issue of Middle East Health
encompasses. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it
Thank you to the readers for your positive feedback during the past year
and to the support of the advertisers which makes the production of this
We wish you all a productive, healthy and profitable 2013.
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