Public Health in the Middle East

 Saudi Arabia and Qatar are rich in oil—but their public health systems are weak and broken.

10 Bloomberg School and Ernst & Young health researchers embarked on a study of public health systems in the 2 countries, sparked by the realization that in all of the Gulf countries people are dying almost exclusively from noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The researchers made general suggestions—such as improving surveillance, coordination among health agencies, better data collection, and outreach—along with some specific ideas, such as linking routine physicals to the receipt of national identification cards in Saudi Arabia.

Gary Gately, Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health

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