Editor's Word

Dear Colleagues,

The Delta variant is posing fresh challenges for several developed countries of the world. However, the Gulf, with strategic planning and implementation of preventive and precautionary measures, has resulted in a dip in new infections. This is a promising sign of the efficacy of vaccines, which are widely administered in the Gulf States. We utilise latest technologies for screening, surveillance, and contact tracing. Comprehensive Covid-19 testing, isolating positive patients, giving proper treatment and the ongoing national sterilisation drive has helped to contain the spread of the virus.

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The 5th Combined Gulf Cancer Conference: "The Continuum of Care in Cancer Control & Management" will be held in the month of November 2022 in Dubai. The conference will focus on evaluating the current state of cancer burden and cancer control programs & management in the gulf region and to analyse the opportunities and gaps in order to enhance cancer care continuum in the gulf region. This conference will also help to improve the cancer control & management of care to impact population's outcomes through prioritizing interventions across the cancer continuum and to highlight the civil society role in enhancing cancer care continuum spectrum in the gulf region. There will be many expert presenters in this event from GCC and other parts of the world and we expect a large participation in the conference.

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I'm delighted to inform you that the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Alliance for Non-communicable Diseases (EMR-NCD) nominated a special team that includes Dr. Ibtihal Fadel, President of the EMR NCD Regional Alliance, Dr. Adel Abdulaziz Al-Sayed, Professor of Internal Medicine and President of the Egyptian NCD Alliance and myself (Consultant Oncologist and Vice-President of the EMR NCD Alliance from the State of Kuwait) to make this team the first specialized team to develop the strategy adopted by the coalition to activate medical communication platforms and artificial intelligence in the field of health. I will be the representative for Kuwait in this Tele-Medicine Committee and the further information will be updated sooner in our website.

Best regards,

Dr. Khaled Ahmed Al Saleh



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