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UAE: Ministry of Health & Prevention lists five health indicators to strengthen country's position

Source: Middle East Insurance Review | Jul 2019

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has listed five health indicators, in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), to enable the decision-makers to develop planning strategies and health policies nationwide, as part of exploring healthcare future and achieving Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs).
The inclusion of the health indicators came on the sidelines of a two-day workshop organised by MoHAP held recently at the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority’s (FCSA) headquarters. Dr Henry Victor Doctor, a specialist expert from WHO, and other participants discussed and focused on the mechanism of calculating the indicators of life expectancy at birth, average healthy life expectancy, mortality, fertility indicators and universal health coverage (UHC).
Ms Alya Zaid Harbi, Director of MoHAP’s Statistics and Research Center emphasised the importance of the inclusion of these five health indicators to align with WHO’s latest recommendations and contribute to strengthening the country’s leadership position in world health reports.
“As one of the impactful factors in shaping governmental policies and enhancing sustainable development, the statistical data has a vital role in decision-making mechanisms through the key role the numbers and statistics play in articulating the future vision and measuring health indicators to improve healthcare services, so as to bolster planning strategies and health policies nationwide,” she added.
She also shed light on the importance of the workshop in unifying the methodology of data collection to develop the statistical work, unify the outcomes, improve the quality of statistical data and implement the best international practices.
This will help decision-makers prepare and shape the national plans, strategies, and benchmarks with a view to exploring healthcare future and enhancing healthcare services. This comes within the context of reinforcing healthcare initiatives and projects which improve the national health indicators outcomes and in accordance to the objectives of National Agenda 2021 and sustainable development goals 2030. 
The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Health Authority, and all the country’s statistical centres took part in the workshop. M 
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