News Features

AIDS health goals thwarted by human rights violations, gender inequality, stigma
The world’s largest international AIDS conference was held this year in Mexico City from 3-8 August. With more than 24,000 participants from 194 nations taking part, a wide range of AIDS-related issues fell under the spotlight. Middle East Health looks at some of the highlights.
Combining knowledge to help save lives
European researchers hope to gain more insight into cardiovascular disease by combining clinical, laboratory and metabolic records with genomic data. Middle East Health reports.

Royal Med plays vital role in patient aero transport
Since its establishment five years ago, Abu Dhabi-based Royal Med has played an important role in patient transfers from the region to specialist hospitals around the world. Middle East Health speaks to Dr Frank Porter, the recently appointed Medical Director of Royal Med.
Unique devices developed to stimulate lymph system
An Australian company has developed a range of transdermal stimulation devices using unique technology. Trials have shown they have a remarkable therapeutic effect on many conditions linked to the health of the soft tissue layer and the efficiency of the lymphatic system. 
Regional Profiles

Government moves to end Female Genital Mutilation
The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC) in Yemen, a government body, has drawn up a national action plan to end the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the country.  
New programme for mental health services
The Palestinian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 25 June launched what they called an “ambitious” project to change the way mental health services are offered to patients in the West Bank and Gaza.
Calling all Iraqi doctors
The Iraqi Health Ministry has set up a committee to contact medical doctors who have fled the country, and persuade them to return, a senior health official said on 3 August.  

Beating the bugs
An initiative that will have beneficial repercussions for healthcare facilities worldwide researchers in the UK have been awarded funds to investigate a number of schemes to combat hospital acquired infections. Middle East Health reports.
  Online courses help staff develop new skills
Online courses are helping staff to develop the skills they need to tackle hospital acquired infections, such as MRSA and C.difficile, & this expertise could also prove vital in a pandemic - a study published in the latest issue of the UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing.

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