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Calls for Increasing Family Medicine in the Arab world

Abu DhabiMore than 160,000 specialist family physicians are required in the as it reached over 350 million. But the actual number available is much less than that. Further training programs and produce skilled family physicians must be provided. All members of the family can benefit from the physician who will offer definitive care and preventative services regardless of sex, age, or type of problem, being biological, behavioral, or social.

Prof Faisal Abdul Latif Alnasir, Chairman, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain comments “For the developing countries, and especially the Arab world, ought to be the ultimate goal of health provision. The health of any nation is only developed and promoted by adequate and quality primary healthcare services which formulate the base of the pyramid of any health services. The high prevalence of non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases and hereditary and genetic disorders necessitate the implementation of family medicine in this part of the world”.

“The Board has continued to offer assistance to any Arab state desiring to establish the discipline of Family Medicine into its training program. Despite that, unfortunately, up until now only around a handful of programs recognized by the Board have been established in the Arab world mainly due to lack of commitment by the relevant authorities” adds Prof. Alnasir, who is President of the Board’s Scientific Council. He will speak at the newly developed Family Medicine Conference which will take place 23-25 October 2011 at the National Exhibition Center, , sponsored by Cleveland Clinic.

Because this specialty fits all family ages healthcare, several topics will be discussed in the meeting including adolescent medicine to therapeutics to prevention in family medicine.  Participants will have the chance to get a fresh look into the world of family medicine and cover the latest in this field.

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