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UAEU discusses challenges of climate change

Dubai, January 10, 2010

Environmental and healthcare experts from across the region highlighted the potential impact of climate change upon world health at the global health conference organised by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).

They stressed the importance of effects that climate change has upon the Middle East in particular, as it is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change worldwide.

Dean Iman Nuwayhid, MD, PhD, DPH, of the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, presented his research and his findings to date in a lecture entitled 'Climate Change Challenges to Health in Arab Countries'. He also presented the joint efforts of the Issam Fares Institute and Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut to promote a regional research/policy agenda on climate change.

Dean Nuwayhid’s research focuses on the impact of environmental and work-related hazards on the health of children and working people. He has led efforts in Lebanon and the Arab region to promote an ecosystem approach to human health and is one of the founders of the Community of Practice for Eco-Health in the Middle East and North Africa region.

“Climate change has the potential to affect a variety of economic, cultural and social circumstances in the region and can cause a sharp increase in the prevalence of poverty-driven endemic diseases. However, research on the health impact of climate change in this region has been limited,” stated Dr Abdullah Al-Khanbashi, vice-chancellor of UAEU.

“The Middle East lacks basic research, let alone research that can discern the additional impact of climate change on a regional level. By discussing the potential impacts of climate change on world health, and in particular its effects upon the Arab region, UAEU is taking the first step in setting a priority for climate change research in the region.”-TradeArabia News Service




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