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‘Global Healthcare Week in Abu Dhabi: Report on Equality in Health and Autism’

by Dubaiforum

Abu Dhabi recently saw the release of a white paper titled “Towards Health Equity: Bridging the Gap for Individuals with Autism through Public Policy and Technology” by the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) during Abu Dhabi Global Healthcare Week (ADGHW) hosted by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH).

The white paper focuses on the importance of comprehensive public policies to support societal inclusion and economic opportunities for individuals with autism. It aims to enhance healthcare access and quality, integrate the needs of individuals with autism into community structures, and improve their quality of life for a more inclusive health landscape.

Dr. Ahmed Al Khazraji, Acting Director General of ADPHC, emphasized the organization’s commitment to creating inclusive health environments. He highlighted the mission to protect public health, elevate standards, and foster innovation through proactive initiatives focusing on prevention, digital tools, data, and public policy reforms to better serve individuals with autism.

The white paper is divided into four sections: The Impact of Social Determinants on Autism, Public Policy: Catalysing Improved Health Equity in Autism Care, Technology as an Enabler for Improving Health Equity for Individuals with Autism, and Actionable Public Policy Strategies for Technological Integration.

With Autism Spectrum Disorder affecting 1 in 100 children globally and an increasing prevalence in adults, the white paper aligns with Abu Dhabi’s goal of promoting good health and wellbeing for all, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Lina Shadid, partner and Health Industries Leader at PwC Middle East, stressed the universal need for healthcare access and the crucial role of effective public policy and technological advancements in ensuring health equity for vulnerable groups, including individuals with autism.

The white paper concludes by calling for stakeholders to collaborate in creating an ecosystem that meets the needs of individuals with autism, with the ultimate goal of making health equity a reality for everyone.

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