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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95  

New players for the new era: working together for the promotion of health

Occupational and Environmental Health Manager American Mission Hospital, Bahrain

Date of Web Publication28-Jun-2012

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Mohamed Al Khateeb
Occupational and Environmental Health Manager American Mission Hospital
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It was interesting to note that the objective of the World Health Day for this year is 'Working together for Health'. How do we achieve this without partners and partnerships?

In February 2006, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital took the initiative to conduct a scientific symposium under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulla Al-Manea, the Minister of Health entitled 'Partnership in Health Promotion, our Choice Strategy'. There were more than 20 presentations and workshops and over 300 participants. The symposium discussed many points to help medical and paramedical personnel as well as policy makers to develop a strategy for health promotion and called for new players in the drive to improve the health status of the population in the coming years.

Health promotion strategies are not limited to health promotion strategies are not limited to specific health problems, nor to a specific set of behavior. They are strategies and principles that deal with risk factors, diseases and which are necessary for the promotion of health in a variety of population groups and risk factors, diseases and in various settings.

Many of the current and future leading causes of death, disease and disability (cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, depression, violence, substance abuse, injuries, nutritional deficiencies, HIV/AIDS/STI and helminth infections can be significantly reduced by preventing six interrelated categories of behavior.

  • Tobacco use
  • Actions that result in injury and violence
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Dietary and unhygienic practices that cause disease
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sexual conduct that causes unwanted pregnancies and disease
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken many steps to identify new players and new partners for health promotion. At a meeting that took place in Jeddah in February 2006 on health promotion in schools, many scientific papers were read which dealt with school health. The speakers indicated that young people in the Gulf States faced considerable challenges to their health development. Some of these were illness and death associated with such risky behavior as smoking, road traffic accidents and violence.

During the last decade, the level of violence has doubled throughout the world and is emerging as one of the most serious problems in our countries.

A Chinese proverb says, 'A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step'. We have already taken many steps towards the achievement of our goal, the promotion of health in schools and in the general public. However, much more work is necessary since health promotion is a long process. The question is what do we need? I believe that we need to:

  1. Convince people that promoting health in schools is important because it strengthens the learning potential and well-being of children.
  2. Convince people that health promotion intervention in schools and in other settings does really work.
  3. Convince people that cost-effective interventions in health promotion can prevent or greatly reduce health problems.
  4. Develop a vision for change, priorities and an action plan for health promotion and ascertain the changes required by our communities to make.


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