MOH News
Royal Court Approves Sponsorship of Diabetes Conference
27 October 2007
The Royal Court has issued its approval whereby Her Highness the wife of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Princess Hussah bint Tarrad Al-Shalan will sponsor a women's health symposium under the title "Enabling Women to have Effective Role in the Treatment Measurements Concerning Diabetes Patients", which will be convened on Sunday 23/10/2007 at King Faisal Hall, Riyadh Continental Hotel, said MOH Official Speaker and Director General of Health Media and Public Relations Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Marghalani. He said the symposium comes within the activities of the GCC Health Economics Conference which is organized by MOH in cooperation with the World Bank, WHO, the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND), the Executive Bureau of the GCC Council of Health Ministers, and the International Union of Diabetes.
Al-Marghalani said the symposium aims at activating the role of Saudi women in health awareness, in addition to strengthening social role in reducing the effects of diabetes, which has shown continuous spreading recently. A host of notable women personalities will participate in the conference, including the Director of Diabetes Center at KFMC Dr. Safiya Al-Shirbini, the Director of Internal Medicine at KAMC Dr. Afaf Al-Shammari, and the Director of the Health, Nutrition, and Population Sector, MENA, World Bank Dr. Akiko Myda.
He said the royal approval represents the concern paid to and support offered to the MOH efforts for promoting health services provided to citizens and residents.
The GCC Diabetes Economics Conference aims at casting light on the medical and social aspects of the economics of diabetes at both regional and international levels. It also aims at bringing into view the great challenges imposed by diabetes on health systems and health care costs. The Riyadh Declaration, which is expected to be announced by the final session of the conference, will be a guide for combating diabetes at both national and GCC levels.  

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