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H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the DHA received the delegation headed by H.E. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Innovative Finance for Development.

Al Qutami highlighted that the UAE is known for its humanitarian efforts and that the DHA is committed to cooperating with the UN on various humanitarian projects.

Cooperation framework

The two sides discussed the framework for cooperation on humanitarian issues such as ways to support the UN’s global programme on chronic malnutrition and others such as vaccination and public health. The DHA discussed supporting the international cancer database. The two sides also discussed DHA’s experience with regard to health regulations and the use of information technology in healthcare. 

Al Qutami said that Dubai has its unique model for health and that it fully supports humanitarian initiatives in the health sector and pertinent projects such as UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. Douste-Blazy praised the progress of the UAE and the rapid development in Dubai, pointing out that Dubai has been able, in a short time to become one of the world’s most developed and prosperous cities.

Al Qutami also highlighted that cooperation between international institutions and organisations and the DHA would significantly benefit the United Nations Development Programme, particularly those  initiatives that were related to disease prevention, public health and others aimed at reducing the spread of chronic diseases globally.