With focus on community awareness
Progressive urbanization, increased life expectancy and economic development associated with a shift to unhealthy lifestyles have resulted in a huge explosion in type 2 diabetes in the Middle East and North African region over the last 30 years. The UAE is ranked as the 2nd highest worldwide for diabetes and faces a major epidemic of diabetes and obesity. Study reports from the UAE suggest that approximately one out of five of the adult population have diabetes. This is expected to increase further if action is not taken.
The RCDR mission is to improve the quality of life for diabetes and obesity patients in the UAE by combining compassionate modern diabetes and obesity care with high quality research, professional education and the fostering of community awareness. RCDR has participated in several major awareness campaigns since the opening of the center in order to reach out to the community to spread the knowledge about Diabetes and Obesity. Some of these are as follows:
- RCDR planned and conducted a Walkathon in collaboration with the MoH Health Education Department in November 2010. The campaign was provided under the patronage and the participation of His Excellency Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, the Minister of Health.
- The World Heart Disease Awareness Day was acknowledged in a campaign targeting employees at Ajman Medical District.
- A health screening activity at Al Arabia Center in Dubai in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs. The campaign was provided under the patronage and the participation of Sheikh Ruler of Ajman and The Minister of Health Dr. Hanif Hassan.
- The World Diabetes Day conducted in November 2011. The campaign was provided under the patronage of His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, acting Minister of Health.