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Ebola scare

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has grabbed the attention of the world in the past month. This devastating disease has claimed the lives of more than 1900 people at the time of going to press and doctors say it will claim many more lives before it can be brought under control. There is no known cure. The big fear is that it will spread to other parts of the world. The World Health Organisation has issued a Response Roadmap in an effort to control the disease, treat the infected and prevent its spread. They have also agreed to provide unapproved medications to affected people. You can read more about this in our focus on Ebola in this issue.

Also in this issue we publish an article looking at Germany’s global health policy. The article looks at the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of this policy and what the German government can do to strengthen this initiative.

In our focus on orthopaedics and sports medicine we look at the work of the Aspetar Sports Groin Pain Centre – a new department at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Dr Adam Weir, the deputy head of the department, discusses prevention of groin injuries, acute groin injuries and looks at their multi-disciplinary clinic. In our UAE report Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, the CEO of the Al Jalila Foundation, writes about the foundation and its efforts to kickstart relevant medical research in Dubai through the issuing of seed and fellowship grants. It has got off to a strong start with a number of philanthropic donations to the foundation which bodes well for the future of focused medical research in Dubai and the UAE.

Turkey recently held a very successful medical tourism conference in Istanbul. As an official media partner we attended the event and spoke to a wide range of delegates representing Turkish hospitals that offer services to foreign patients. In this issue’s medical tourism report we look at what some of these hospitals have to offer foreign patients. They are clearly well advanced in this field.

This issue has a wide range of medical news including an update on MERS, news from the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, as well as a fascinating report on the development of an artificial retina using graphene. We trust you will find this issue of Middle East Health informative and educational.

Callan Emery

(Sep-Oct 2014)

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