Health Finance - Healthcare payment reform in the GCC – Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s move to DRGs
There are good reasons why more than 30 of the world’s wealthiest countries have moved away from a fee-forservice healthcare payment or reimbursement to some form of prospective payment DRGtype scheme.
World Kidney Day - Under pressure
World Kidney Day is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of people’s kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.  
A range of new ultrasound devices were shown off at the Arab Health expo in Dubai in January.

Raising the standard of maternity care
Abu Dhabi healthcare investment and development company United Eastern Medical will build one of the region’s leading women’s and children’s hospitals. Callan Emery spoke the company’s CEO Mohammed Al Shorafa, MD. 
Education - Irish surgeons set up university in Bahrain
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RSCI–MUB) officially opened its new campus in Manama in January. Middle East Health spoke to Professor Kevin O’Malley, President of RCSI-MUB.  
News Features

Arab Health Expo 2009 - Bucking the trend
The Arab Health exhibition in Dubai in January stood as a beacon of light in the darkness as negative economic sentiment cast a gloomy pall over much of the world’s industrial landscape. The Middle East health industry seemed immune to the crisis as thousands of visitors streamed into a packed exhibition centre.   
Regional Reports

Yemen - Sex workers increase risk of AIDS
Commercial sex work has increased significantly in Yemen in the past three years as young girls and women seek relief from grinding poverty. This, combined with a lack of acknowledgement of the situation and lack of education, has lead experts to warn that HIV/AIDS could soon be rife in the country. Middle East Health reports.  
  Yemen - Combating high maternal mortality
The maternal mortality rate (MMR) remains high as a result of poor health care and harmful social practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation, a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official in Yemen has said.  
Afghanistan - Afghan refuges in Iran have little awareness of AIDS
Ebadullah, aged 26, worked in Iran illegally for four years, but was deported on 3 January this year. Whilst in Iran he used sex workers and intravenous drugs - unaware of the risks of contracting HIV.
  Afghanistan - Kabul air pollution at sky-high levels
Air pollution in Kabul may be hastening the death of over 3,000 people every year, according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).

Book Reviews
DHCC Update - Neonatal resuscitation - a continuing medical education course
Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research recently held a national continuing medical education (CME) course on obstetrics and neonatal care. Dr Mohammad R. Cheikhali highlights key points from the neonatal resuscitation session. 

ate of upload: 31st March 2009

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