The UAE National Strategy for Environmental Health is an ongoing project aimed at helping the United Arab Emirates protect its residents from health problems caused by environmental effects of the country’s rapid industrialization.
This project is sponsored by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, an agency situated in the capital of the UAE, and technical support is being provided by the World Health Organization Center for Environmental Health Activities. The research is led by the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC recently completed Phase I of this project is proposing to extend this research with Phase II, a 5-year project building on and expanding Phase I research.
Phase I of the UAE Environmental Health Project brought several major achievements, including
Phase II builds on a subset of the environmental risks considered in phase I–those that currently are responsible for the majority of the deaths and illnesses in the UAE that could be prevented with improved environmental quality. Phase II will build the information base and capacity in Abu Dhabi needed to select a portfolio of environmental initiatives that maximize benefits for public health. Thus, Abu Dhabi can choose an environmental health protection portfolio that maximizes public health benefits while minimizing unnecessary illness and loss of life.
Phase II will focus on four specific areas:
The UAE project has received international media attention. Please see
Endeavors Magazine, The Air Over There. September 2009 issue.
The National (English-language UAE newspaper). October 4, 2009.
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|Last updated November 28, 2010|