Leading Humanitarians Meet in Dubai to Discuss Health Impact during Global Crisis


Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the seventh edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD), will get underway tomorrow April 4th 2010 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and will last for three days.

DIHAD Conference and Exhibition succeeded during the past six years in attracting the world’s key humanitarian executives and leaders to Dubai to share their expertise, voice their thoughts and contribute to uncover solutions that would have major input in upraising the standard of living for the misfortunate communities, building their capabilities and teaching them how to respond quickly during crisis.

The conference focuses on “Global Health Challenges of Tomorrow; Impact & Response” which underscores major health problems that occur during humanitarian challenges, in addition to attracting more attention to the recent disasters and crises one of which is Haiti earthquake, Food crisis and the global warming.

The conference will hold six major sessions during the three days of the DIHAD Conference and Exhibition. The specialised sessions will tackle major health problems including health trends, Killer diseases and the impact and suggestion for enhanced action, scientific innovations and new technologies, guidelines on capitalizing the low cost health interventions, health priorities in disasters and crisis, the threat reality and business continuity planning of pandemics, and the necessity of collaborating efforts of the public and private sector to reduce maternal and child mortality.

In addition, DIHAD 2010 will host top humanitarian leaders from the UN and other humanitarian and relief organisations that will share their expertise and present the lessons learnt through their experience. The pre-conference workshop, which will be presented by UNOCHA, will focus on the Challenges met while delivering humanitarian Aid.  Other workshops will focus on; logistics in the provision of health services, water and sanitation and its impact on health, community empowerment tools for health development, and more specialised topics.

More than 275 exhibitors representing governmental and non governmental organisations, charity organisations, healthcare sector, medical equipment suppliers and temporary hospitals, clothing & protection food manufacturers, emergency food pharmaceuticals and drugs sanitation, hygiene equipment providers, solar energy systems and products, temporary housing and shelter Security services, engineering & Environmental solutions, additional to traders, manufacturers, and distributors are participating in DIHAD 2010.


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