Muscat, The Arab Healthcare Development

Annual Forum (AHDAF), which is the 19th annual forum of the Arab

Hospitals Federation (AHF), began at the Oman Convention and

Exhibition Centre today. The opening ceremony was held under the

auspices of Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Sa’eedi, Minister of Health

with the presence of Arab Health Ministers and Representatives.

The annual forum, which is held under the theme Partnering to

Develop the Healthcare sector, is being organised by the AHF, in

collaboration with the Arab Ministries of Health, as well as number of

associations and health service providers in the Arab world.

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Sa’eedi, Minister of Health

presented speech during which he highlighted the tangible

accomplishments achieved in the health sector in the Sultanate during

a short period of time. The effective health system in the Sultanate has

controlled many diseases and above all some of these diseases were

completely eradicated.

Dr. al-Sa’eedi stated that this had led to changing the

epidemical map in the Sultanate, thus the challenges facing the local

health sector remain in the chronic disease as it is the case in the

developed countries.

The opening ceremony was commenced by an address

delivered by Prof. Tawfik Khoja, AHF General Secretary that underlined

the theme of the forum. He pointed out that partnership in health

sector is one of vital pillars that all nations in the globe strive for

advancing perfect health future for their people and that the Arab

health sector is part of this system.

Prof. Khoja added that partnership in this sector represents a

key theme of the health transformation themes along with other

important approaches such as institutional transformation, quality

assurance, medical/health person centered care, information

technology, and health leadership.

Each year, the Arab Hospitals Federation (AHF) grants awards for

distinguished personalities and hospitals that have made outstanding

achievements and contribution to advance the health sector in the Arab

world, provide patient centered safe care and high quality services for

lower cost to all the Arab citizens.

The recognition awards were distributed during the opening

ceremony in front of a high-level audience, starting with distinguished

personalities. The ceremony announced that the Excellence Award for

Safety and Patient Centered Care was granted to Dr. al-Sa’eedi,

Minister of Health.

Princess Ghida al-Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at

King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center (KHCF) was awarded the

Arab Woman Distinguished Award in Healthcare for 2018 and was

received by Zuhair al-Nsour, Jordanian Ambassador to the Sultanate.

The Arab Health Personality Award in Preventing Diseases was

granted to Dr. Jawad Awad, Palestinian Minister of Health whereas the

Pioneer Leadership Award in Healthcare for 2018 was to the late Dr.

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director where his son Dr. Anas Fakhri

received on behalf of him, and Dr. Bahr Idriss al-Qasim, Sudanese

Federal Minister of Health was given the Leadership Award in

Supporting the Arab Healthcare Sector for 2018. The Excellence Award

for Health Improvement for 2018 was granted to Abdul-Rahman

Mohamed al-Owais, UAE Minister of Health.

The voting awards of the year 2018 for the best Arab Health

institutions were announced during the opening ceremony that

included five awards. Dubai Healthcare City in UAE was awarded the

Excellence Award in Public Private Partnership whereas the Excellence

Leadership Award in the Development of Arab Profession went to

Mouwasat Medical Services Company in KSA.

Moreover, Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar was granted

the Excellence Award in Health Operational Performance, and the

Excellence Award for Smart Hospitals was for King Abdullah bin

Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, KSA.

The Arab Pioneering Award in Specialized Medical Care went to

Obeid Specialized Hospital, KSA.

The honouring was followed by a Panel discussion on visions

and strategies in the Arab Ministers of Health to develop the healthcare

sector chaired by Prof. Tawfik Khoja, AHF General Secretary.

At the end of the ceremony, the chief guest of the event and

attendees toured the specialised health exhibition, It displayed the

latest services incorporated in the Arab hospitals, in addition to

pharmaceutical and health requirements.

The forum aimed at highlighting the need of all the stakeholders in

the Arab Healthcare sector to sit together and creating a cooperative

platform in which ideas can become tangible solutions.

AHDAF includes a two-day conference session with highly

selected presentations from all over the world, including interventions

by renowned experts and speakers addressing many subjects

including Visions and Strategies to develop healthcare sector,

Universal Health Coverage, Accreditation, Quality and Safety,

Leadership and Talent Management, Healthcare Technology

Management, and Health Tourism.

Source: Oman News Agency