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All-Emirati crew claim commanding race win while Torrente, Al Qemzi,Al Tayer, Abbate secure title on Necko Lake

Team Abu Dhabi wrapped up their first major powerboat racing title of the season today as Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate clinched the World Endurance Championships in Augustów, Poland.

This time the honours on the day went to the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 who recorded a commanding victory in the second of two back-to-back six-hour races to finish runners up in the series.

But sixth place was enough to ensure American Torrente, Emiratis Al Qemzi and Al Tayer and Italian Tullio in Abu Dhabi 35 secured the world endurance crown following their win 24 hours earlier and success two months ago in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France.

They had looked set to complete the series with a 100% winning record after leading comfortably for more than four hours today before being briefly forced out of the race to make technical modifications.

Having shadowed their team-mates in second place virtually from the start, Abu Dhabi 36 suddenly found themselves with a commanding lead and ultimately cruised to victory by 19 laps from the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine

Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2 were third another five laps behind.

While these are still early days in the season, the result in Poland underlines the prospect of four world powerboat racing titles ending up at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Ten-times former F1H20 world champion Guido Cappellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide the fortunes of Team Abu Dhabi until 2025, certainly believes the quadruple is possible.

He has already seen reigning world champion Torrente set the pace in this year’s F1H20 series while Rashed Al Qemzi has taken an immediate lead in the UIM F2 championship.

From Poland Cappellini quickly switches focus to the UIM XCAT World Championship in which Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori begin their title defence in Stresa, Italy next weekend.

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24 Hours of Rouen winners dominate first six-hour race on Necko Lake

 Team Abu Dhabi took a big step towards their first world powerboat racing title of the season today by dominating the opening leg of the Necko Endurance race in Augustów, Poland.

The combination of Shaun Torrente, Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate in Abu Dhabi 35 strengthened their grip on the World Endurance Championships with victory in the first of the weekend’s two back-to-back races.

The result puts them in a commanding position to secure the world endurance crown if they can avoid any mechanical failures or major mistakes in the second six-hour race getting under way at 11am local time tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a fourth place finish on the Necko Lake today means the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 can take third overall in the championship with a similar performance tomorrow.

With reigning F1H2O world champion Torrente first in action, Abu Dhabi 35 took an immediate lead when the first race got under way as they looked to build on their impressive victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago.

Only briefly did they lose the advantage towards the half way point, firstly to the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine and then to
Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2.

At this point there was often as little as two seconds separating the leaders, but over the last two hours Abu Dhabi 35 gradually eased away to complete 294 laps by the finish, three more than Nollet 2 in second place and third-placed Navikart Soliodaires. Abu Dhabi 36 finished 276 laps in fourth position.

If Torrente, Al Qemzi Al Tayer and Abbate avoid problems tomorrow they will deliver the first of four world powerboat racing titles being targeted this season by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Torrente, who leads this season’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, heads straight from Poland to Stresa, Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship with Faleh Al Mansoori. Meanwhile Rashed Al Qemzi tops the current F2 standings.

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Dubai’s Jehad Medical Clinic Bags JCI for the Third Time

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Jehad International Medical Clinic (JIMC), a specialised medical service provider in Dubai, has achieved accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for the third time. This accreditation is for the medical facility’s commitment to demonstrate compliance with the global organisation’s quality and patient safety standards.

JIMC is an advanced clinic for the treatment of hemorrhoids and other ano-rectal diseases without conventional surgery. The clinic offers expertise by the first surgeon in the UAE to offer infrared rays and laser treatments for hemorrhoids, thus the patient can go home or to work after 10 to 15 minutes of the treatment.

The JCI is the United States-based highest gold standard for medical facility benchmarking. The JCI re-accreditation for JIMC comes in recognition of the facility’s finest medical service and guaranteed patient safety standards.

Commenting on achieving the international accreditation, Dr. Jehad al Masri, managing Director of JIMC, said, “We are very honored to receive the JCI accreditation for the third time. Jehad International Medical Clinic continues to provide the highest standard of care for our patients and this re-accreditation is a testament to the work done by our team of health care professionals. Our vision is to become one of the top five specialized clinics in the UAE expanding the service through a network of satellite clinics across seven emirates.”

“We continued to raise the standards of medical practice at the clinic by ensuring the systems for auditing and benchmarking are in place to monitor, review and improve the quality of team work. Individual performance review and ongoing professional practice evaluation is carried out annually for the purpose of assessing a practitioner clinical competence and professional behavior,” he added.

“We have implemented a performance measurement mechanism for the improvement and accountability of patient safety. We have also taken effective initiatives to improve awareness of the staff on patient safety and risks, to ensure that the staff members deliver safe, high quality patient care and continue to minimize risks,” said Dr. Jehad.

According to him, clinical audits are part of the continuous quality improvement process focusing on specific issues or aspects of health care and clinical practice. It consists of measuring a clinical outcome or a process, against well-defined standards set on the principles of evidence-based medicine.

“The advantage of our treatment is that he/she needs not to take leave from work, doesn’t need any kind of preparation for the treatment. The treatment is also the safest and cost-effective without any requirement for hospitalization and general anesthesia. Even elderly patients or persons suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac problems can undergo the treatment. It takes only one session of 10 to 15 minutes, so the patients can go back directly to their normal activities without a recovery period,” Dr Jehad concluded.

JIMC delivers high quality, effective and compassionate care to our patients and ensure its staff has the necessary skillsets, composition, knowledge and training to actively lead and pursue quality and excellence in healthcare.

JIMC offers diagnosis and treatment of internal and external hemorrhoids, chronic fissures, anal fistula, pilonidal sinus and excess hemorrhoidal skin tag.

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AURAK Holds 7th Commencement Ceremony for Graduates

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The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) hosted their 7th Commencement Ceremony in the presence of Ras Al Khaimah’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, and Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi.

The evening commenced with the arrival of Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi and the recitation of the Holy Quran by Mr. Masood Hafiz Abdus Sakur.

The commencement speeches of AURAK President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, and Valedictorian, Ms. Aisha El Allam, were all braided together with a common thread for the students: change the world. Professor Hassan initiated the weaving with his hopeful expectations, “Every one of you is about to set out to make your very own mark on the world and to change it in ways that we could never have imagined.” Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi continued in challenging the students, “We need you, our successors, to continue what we started; to build, to create, to invent, to discover, to push boundaries further…” Ms. Aisha El Allam then tied a ribbon around the message by offering her peers advice, “Don’t be afraid to change the world.”

The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success, Professor Stephen Wilhite, then presented the graduates to President Hassan, and His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi awarded the 159 graduates with their degrees, 122 bachelor’s degrees and 37 master’s.  President Hassan ended the ceremony in giving the official proclamation of the conferral of degrees, solidifying their accomplishment. The rite was commemorated with a group photograph of Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi; Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi; President Hassan; Professor Wilhite; the deans; and the graduates.

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab of Emirates (UAE) is a government-owned institution of higher education which provides an integrated North American-style education. It is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in UAE and offers a total of 22 undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) awarded the institution candidacy status in July 2017.

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Julphar Announces Entry into Oncology Market

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  • Agreement signed with Russia’s leading biotechnology company
  • Products used to treat range of cancers including breast cancer
  • Launch of medicines in UAE to improve access to cancer treatments

Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, has announced its entry into the oncology market through a license and supply agreement with Russia’s leading biotechnology company, BIOCAD.

Julphar will be partnering with BIOCAD and Health Authorities to register three leading specialized products to the UAE, which are used to treat breast cancer, B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, colon cancer, lung cancer and glioblastoma.

Commenting on the announcement, Jerome Carle, General Manager of Julphar, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with BIOCAD in the UAE market as they have a proven track record and they support our core values. Entering the oncology market is a huge step forward for Julphar.

“It will enable us to continue to focus on delivering healthcare solutions that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Cancer is one of the biggest health burdens in the UAE. According to a report issued last month by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), breast cancer accounted for more than 20 per cent of the total 4,707 new cancer cases that were found in the UAE in 2018.

“Cancer can be a very costly illness, placing a considerable financial burden on families,” added Carle.

“With the launch of these products in the local market, we would like to ensure that as many people as possible have access to life-saving medicines. When patients choose Julphar they can rest assured that they are consistently receiving high quality, safe and effective products.”

Dmitry Morozov, CEO of BIOCAD, said: “Access to international markets is the number one priority of our company. That’s why we consider our cooperation with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the Middle East a turning point in our international business development not only in the United Arab Emirates, but also the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in general.

“Moreover, medicines produced by BIOCAD are competitive in their effectiveness as well as the price. Therefore, the presence of Russian innovative drugs in the UAE will help make important biological therapies widely accessible to patients.

“We are glad our products will increase access to treatment of the most severe types of cancer for more patients in the UAE than before.”

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BIOCAD expects to make 50% of total revenue from export activities by 2023

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The international pharmaceutical trade fair CPhI Worldwide held October 9-11, 2018 in Madrid (Spain), lays a solid cornerstone of the growth in exports.

The biotechnology company BIOCAD expects CPhI Worldwide to ensure a favorable climate for signing new distribution agreements with representatives of the pharmaceutical industries of Greece, UAE and Mexico. BIOCAD has signed an agreement with Greek company WinMedica have already expressed their interest in the adalimumab biosimilar indicated for the treatment of some autoimmune diseases; its dossier is currently being prepared for submission for registration in the European Union in 2021. Expected that clinical trial in EU will start already next year. BIOCAD is going to export more than 115000 packages of the drug product to Greece and Cyprus in the first five years. At CPhI, BIOCAD has reached also a supply agreement with one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, Julphar. Medicines produced by BIOCAD are competitive in their effectiveness, as well as the price. Therefore, the presence of Russian innovative drugs in the United Arab Emirates will help make important biological therapies widely accessible to patients. The technology transfer agreement have signed between BIOCAD and a Mexican company Psicofarma S.A. De C.V. for three therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, trastuzumab, rituximab and bevacizumab. BIOCAD expects the turnover of 198 mil. $ from European countries and approximately 516 mil. $ from Asia, Latin America and MENAT region by 2023.

According to BIOCAD’s estimations export revenues will increase by 80%

“Today, we owe the exports core to North Africa, India and Asia,” says Dmitry Morozov, BIOCAD’s CEO, “but we expect that soon after receiving marketing authorizations in Latin America, including Argentina, Colombia, and in MENA countries, primarily Egypt, these regions will challenge the leadership. We also expect high sales after completion of authorization procedures in the EU countries, and then in Japan and China.”

Since September 2017, the company has been actively working to localize BIOCAD production in Turku, Finland. Activities planned for 2019 include completion of the manufacturing site design, setting up a network of contact analytical laboratories, initiation of clinical studies in the EU countries, purchase of materials and services for the cleanrooms of the new facility. The first sales in Finland are anticipated in 2022.

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Bee’ah and EVOTEQ Introduce the UAE’s First Artificial Intelligence Platform for Offices of the Future

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  • Intelligent system will transform workplace and play a key role in building offices of the future
  • Platform to be deployed at Bee’ah’s iconic headquarters in pilot phase, creating smartest office building in the Middle East

Bee’ah. a pioneer in sustainability in the Middle East, and Evoteq, its technology partner, have announced the launch of the UAE’s first advanced Artificial Intelligence platform, which will digitally transform offices and operations to maximise productivity, business excellence and sustainable practices.

The platform was developed by Bee’ah’s digital unit, in partnership with technology pioneer, Evoteq, and the support of the Higher Committee for the Digital Transformation of Sharjah. Inspired by Bee’ah’s mission of improving quality of life through innovation, the unique system will be deployed in its pilot phase in 2019, at Bee’ah’s new headquarters; following which, it will be made available to governments and the public.

Utilising a hybrid of cutting-edge sensors, interfaces, algorithms and processing power, the SaaS-based (Software as a Service) platform will have its own persona and voice-activated interface making it easy to interact with to simplify the most complex of tasks. It will seamlessly integrate into existing work environments and aid users to function at an optimised, accelerated rate by streamlining day to day tasks and all business operations. Through machine learning and innovative features such as facial recognition, it will engage with visitors and unlock smart functions that offer guidance, book appointments, document information, review staff duties, reallocate resources and auto-fill applications adding a personal element to the way governments and businesses operate.

In keeping with the UAE Strategy for AI, the revolutionary platform will facilitate the nation’s transition from e-governments to AI-powered government systems. Government employees will also avail of a vast array of smart integrated services, such as frictionless access to office premises using facial recognition.

“As we adopt innovative technologies that allow employees to work smarter, communicate effectively, and stay productive, we recognise the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in ensuring the long-term future of our government services. The world-class AI platform propels Sharjah towards the forefront of the AI and data revolution at an exponential rate. With this system, there are limitless possibilities for enriching businesses and improving the quality of life for citizens”,said, Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations and Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Digital Transformation of Sharjah.

Prior to its large-scale roll-out, the AI system will be fully deployed at Bee’ah’s new futuristic HQ, making it the first fully AI integrated building in the Middle East. Designed by renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, the iconic structure will be the office of the future; using technology to advance office productivity, streamlining communications, enabling fully sustainable operations while being powered by 100% renewable energy and achieving the highest LEED certification for green buildings.

Additionally, to providing a safe, healthy and secure work environment for Bee’ah’s personnel, the system will provide a futuristic experience for visitors. It will undertake the entire visitor concierge experience, via robots; hosting meetings and supporting multimedia tasks, while ensuring functional ambiance according to sustainability parameters.

Innovation has always been central to everything Bee’ah does, and we have used technology and innovation to spearhead our growth. Our AI system is being developed to create offices of the future that enable faster, better and more sustainable workplaces. It effectively automates data collection, logistics, and other business functions while monitoring factors like energy consumption. In addition to enhancing the smart capabilities of our HQ, we believe this system, once rolled out, will have a tangible impact on the operations of governments and entities across the region”, said, HE Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah.

In keeping with its practice of working with best-in-class partners, Bee’ah worked with Evoteq to develop the platform; in recognition of the company’s capabilities as the region’s preferred next generation technology partner. Evoteq is currently tasked with the region’s largest municipal digital transformation project and is building new platforms that are driving the digital revolution in the Middle East.

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Breast Reconstruction Awareness: A Ray of Hope Post Mastectomy Surgery

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B.R.A -DAY- is celebrated globally on a large scale, and health experts in the UAE are hopeful that it will soon become an annual event in the country too

 When a 40-year-old, Maryam, an Arab national was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer, she found herself in the hardest battle of her life. Maryam discovered her condition when she visited her doctor for a regular check-up. What came next, left her devastated. She was diagnosed with cancer, which dwelled in her for several months. To add to her woes, what came next was even more distressing. Her breast surgeon suggested a mastectomy – amputating the entire breast to treat the cancer. While the pain of cancer was not enough, the idea of having a mastectomy shattered the young woman. However, her breast surgeon told her about the possibilities of breast reconstruction surgery at CosmeSurge, which not only would complete her breast cancer treatment, would help her dramatically improve her confidence.

“When the young woman came to us for a consultation on breast reconstruction, she sounded apprehensive and nervous. But once informed and well educated, she opted for the reconstruction procedure which she has no regrets about,” said Dr Dora Evangelidou, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Breast reconstruction surgery is a procedure used to improve reconstruct or recreate the shape of the breasts following mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. For cancer patients, this procedure provides the possibility of restoring the breasts to a natural and feminine shape and improving patients’ self-confidence. Breast reconstruction is among the most rewarding procedures post a mastectomy. Several studies indicate that breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman’s mood, feelings of attractiveness, relationships, and even success at work. Reconstruction can be done at a later date, however the trend in the western countries is to be performed at the same time with mastectomy. This not only allows for better aesthetic results but also it increases patient satisfaction rate and reduces physical and psychological downtime period. Patients don’t have to wake up anymore from breast cancer surgery and find themselves disfigured or amputated.  7 out of 10 Women with breast cancer in UK choose Immediate reconstruction and this can be achieved here in Dubai too, if we have a mandatory law that compels doctors to educate patients in advance.

There many types of breast reconstruction but the one used more often in the whole world is the implant-based breast reconstruction.  “When this type is chosen, implants are used to reconstruct the breast mount where alternatively tissue from the same patient could be used instead of the implant.   It is a routine surgery and it usually adds less than one hour to a regular mastectomy surgery. Dr Dora Evangelidou is passionate about educating women regarding their reconstructive options and she stresses the importance of consulting a plastic surgeon with breast reconstruction experience as soon as the breast cancer diagnosis is set.

While the young Arab woman had an opportunity to opt for this treatment, it has been noted that only not every woman is aware of the possibilities of reconstruction, and the many options that are available to them. Research indicates that less than a quarter (23 percent) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available to them and only 22 percent of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected with breast reconstruction.

With so much information and so many options often going unseen by many women struggling post-mastectomy, events like Breast Reconstruction Awareness (B.R.A) Day have taken shape across the world. The very first B.R.A Day occurred in Canada in 2011 to promote awareness of breast reconstruction options to the general public, and Dr Dora as an ambassador of BRA day in Rome 2014 under the patronage of the Canadian embassy is keen to promote Breast Reconstruction awareness here in the Emirates as well. Doctors in the UAE are hopeful that Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day will soon become an annual event in the country too.

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SICFF 2018 Filled with Exciting Films on its Fourth Day

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  • Socially driven shorts, feature films, and animations steers the third day of SICFF

 Reaching its halfway mark on this fourth day (17 October) Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018), organized by FUNN Establishment – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children – prepares a cornucopia of films for screenings. So far, the screenings kept its audience enthralled with wonderfully heart-warming, thrilling, and adventure filled films. The fourth day keeps the momentum going with a good mix of genre.

Beginning at 9:15am until 10:10am, SICFF 2018 will be screening films made by students aged 11 to 13 years old. ‘Growing Alice’, directed by Danilo Zambrano from Ireland narrates the phases of growth from a young girl into a woman via the mirror of the wall. From the quiet bonding moments between a mother and a baby, to adolescence, final journey, separation, and adulthood this tale takes you on an incredible journey.

‘The Green Bird’ directed by Quentin, Irina, Maximilian, Pierre, and Marine from France is a comedic short that depicts a green-plumed bird who is busy keeping her egg warm but gets distracted by a tasty-looking flying insect. That’s where everything goes wrong. This short is followed by, ‘The Curiosity Show,’ directed by Quentin Simon from France who showcases a thriller. The story involves two best friends, Josh and Tim, who decides to make a movie using an old Super 8 film camera in a creepy old mansion. While investigating the place, they meet the owner and end up getting more than they bargained for.

A story by Mohammad Borzouei from Iran follows with a war narrative titled, ‘World Country.’ In this experimental film, the impact of the current-war time violence is depicted and forces us to look into the faces of the children it affects.  Rinata Shugaikina from Russia prepared a drama titled, ‘To My Sister,’ that tells the tale of Toma and her big sister, Lena. They are inseparable but when her sister is about to get married, an unexpected turn of events might tear the two sisters apart.

Following this screening at 10:00am to 12:15pm, the feature film – The Guest Aleppo – Istanbul will be screened. It will also be screened in the evening at 6:30pm. In the evening at 5pm, short films titled: Rouff, The Chocolate, First Bloom, Bui, Elephant Trainer, and Elen will be screened.

All the mentioned films will be screened at Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre and Zero 6 Mall, Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Zora and Last Exit in Al Khawaneej, Dubai. More information regarding the date and time are available on the website, as well as on social media platforms through hashtag #SICFF18.

The FUNN Establishment aims to nurture future generations of creative artists in media and film and promote new works made by the UAE’s young filmmakers at international film festivals and workshops worldwide. Its larger goal is to foster talent through events locally and internationally and to form a close-knit network of talented young people who can share experiences and expertise on a global scale.

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Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad: A Key Speaker at ‘Investing in the Future’ MENA Conference in Sharjah

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Young activist at the conference on 24-25 Oct to share her extraordinary story with the youth 

 Mariam Al Hammadi: “Her (Murad’s) life is a reflection of what millions of youth in MENA are being subjected to. We aim to communicate her inspiring message to innocent … victims of war.”

The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has announced that Iraqi human rights activist and 2018 Noble Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, will be joining the discussions at the third edition of the Investing in the Future Conference (IIFMENA), on October 24–25, to shed light on the how the youth in the MENA region can overcome the challenges they face surrounded by war and conflict, sharing her own personal journey as she was held captive by the Islamic state for three months by the Islamic State.

IIFMENA 2018, which is organised by TBHF under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), is Murad’s first formal public appearance after she has become the first-ever Iraqi recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize this year for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

Themed ‘Youth – Crisis Challenges and Development Opportunities’, the conference seeks to offer the young Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist and founder of Nadia’s Initiative – dedicated to helping women and children victimised by genocide experience – a global platform to share her inspiring story with the MENA region’s youth and instill hope in the millions who struggle to stay ahead of their harsh circumstances by telling them how she transformed her sufferings into a formidable example of peaceful resistance, courage, patience and hope.

Nadia says that receiving the Noble Peace Prize has become a symbol of inspiration for women and youth not only in the region but around the world who are victims of war, violence and brutality. She asserted that it is a strong message to the militants and fundamentalists that hostility and oppression do not stand a chance before the courage and determination of the oppressed, especially the youth.

Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF, said: “It is an honour to be bringing a global role model for the youth who has emerged in our region, and whose life is a reflection of what millions of youth in MENA are being subjected to. By offering her the IIFMENA platform, we aim to communicate her inspiring message to innocent women and youth who are victims of war of crises; and show them that their determination and collective strength be key to transforming their sufferings and agony into triumph and a hope-filled future. Nadia is an example to everyone.”

Al Hammadi underscored that she hopes to see many international organisations and entities shed light on the stories of other brave heroes like Nadia and promote their
extraordinary stories globally, stimulating people to raise their voice against injustice and oppression. They highlighted that those stories are a source of inspiration not only to
war victims, but to all those who seek to overcome their hardships, no matter how difficult.

“Nadia’s presence at IFFMENA is a big success in furthering our objective to make the region’s youth’s voice heard, offer them a platform to meet leading rights advocates, international experts, state entities and NGOs, and share their challenges as well as their vision about the future and the ways they aim to shape it,” Al Hammadi concluded.

In September 2016, Nadia Murad was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), defending the rights of 1,300 Yazidi women were still captives by ISIS.

Her inspiring memoir The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State (Little, Brown Book Group: New York, 2017) takes us from her peaceful childhood in a remote village in Iraq through loss and brutality to safety in Germany.


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Sharjah Health Authority goes digital in line with the UAE smart government strategy

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SHA aims to contribute toward the country’s Vision2021 by seamlessly integrating all its departments with state-of-the-art technology framework

Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) has embarked on a digital transformation journey and aims to integrate all its departments with a robust technology framework in line with the country’s smart government strategy. SHA also aims to contribute towards the country’s Vision2021 by constantly introducing latest technology to enhance their IT framework.

As part of this digital strategy, SHA will launch its unique health insurance App during GITEX. This interface has several user friendly and unique features that will enable users to easily locate the hospital, clinic, pharmacy or a diagnostic center near their current location or any specified location.  Thousands of beneficiaries of Sharjah will benefit from this technology. SHA already has a customized health insurance software framework and this APP will be integrated within it. SHA health insurance system is already linked with the Emirates ID network and certain beneficiaries can make use of it by producing their Emirates ID instead of insurance card.

Under the directive of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in 2012, Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) was entrusted with the task of restructuring the health insurance policies of various Sharjah Government departments.

H.E. Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman of Sharjah Health Authority and SHCC said “Our vision is to lead the healthcare industry and set an example for the industry stakeholders. We are on a mission to digitize all our departments at SHA and have a 360-degree approach where all the work happens on a real-time basis. SHA has been a powerful dynamic catalyst between the insurance agency and the health insurance beneficiaries in order to provide the later with the best possible insurance cover scheme to address their medical needs,”.

Quick information like emergency contacts, help desk support, social media links, health tips and notifications are all inbuilt within this APP. This initiative reflects the authority’s efforts to educate their team on best health-care insurance practices and standards, which will greatly contribute towards SHA’s move to raise its standards to excellence in service.

Mrs. Amel Al Qatari, Head of Health Insurance Department, stated that, “With the introduction with this state-of-the-art App, we have gone a step further and have made the vital difference to our strong workforce. The App will store all information about the employee and their families who are covered with the insurance and users can retrieve their information at ease”.

Health insurance has been provided for all the Sharjah Government employees and their dependents since 2012. This App will use secured API/Web Services to keep data secure and use the best servers to deliver the data faster to the devices. With this App the employees can enjoy a cardless entry in any healthcare centre covered by the insurance. They just need to show the e-card from their mobile.

The SHA implements its various healthcare projects in the light of its carefully researched strategy aimed at creating an excellent healthcare sector backed by the latest international experts in various healthcare areas, consistent with the unlimited support received from His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The authority has already made significant strides in this direction, including the Sharjah Healthcare City, which is under formation, and is moving ahead to achieve the vision of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

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Provincial Minister HR&MA Aijaz Alam Augustine in a message on World Rural Women’s Day, has said that the purpose of observing World Rural Women’s Day is to appreciate the positive role of rural women in the society, progress and prosperity of the country. He said the basic aim of this day is to determine the rights of rural women who play a significant role in national progress, adding Pakistani rural women are very hard working and helping in development of rural economy. The Provincial Minister said that rural women also help their men in the field as well as in raising livestock, adding the role of rural women in agriculture sector can also not be ignored. The  Minister said Islam has given unprecedented rights to women as well as laid stress on protection of their rights. He said women constitute 60 to 70 percent workforce in agriculture sector in Pakistan. Aijaz Alam said there is a need to pledge on this day that all out resources would be utilized for the welfare and raising of living standard of rural women.

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