ABU DHABI, 30th January 2016 (WAM) — More than 1,000 healthcare professionals attended the 4th International Child and Family Behavioral Health Conference, organised by the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi from 28th-30th January Key speakers and physicians discussed different mental disorders that effects children including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorders, dysmorphic disorders, autism, and other mental and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Fareeha Amber Sadiq, Lead Consultant Psychiatrist for Children and Adolescents at Camali Clinic in Dubai, and one of the speakers at the conference said, “Around one in five children in the world experience significant mental health or emotional issues as per World Health Organization, and half of mental disorders in adulthood begin before the age of fourteen. We see an important role for early intervention, improving quality of life and supporting young people’s emotional development.”
Dr. Haneen Jarrar, Child Psychologist at Camali Clinic in Dubai, also introduced to the attendants their newly-launched program, School Readiness, as a unique model aimed at bridging the gap between home schooling and mainstream schools for children with special needs.
She said, “Official government figures estimate that 1 in 68 children in United States will be affected with autism in 2016 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2015). It is estimated that around 40% would require specialized education services. Figures in the Middle East are almost similar. More healthcare facilities and supporting programs such as our School Readiness program should be considered.”
At the conference, Camali Clinic Dubai, a child and adolescent mental health service, and United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), an Abu Dhabi-based healthcare development and investment company, signed an official cooperation agreement to jointly deliver child and adolescent mental health services in Abu Dhabi.
UEMedical owns the new flagship Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, and HealthPlus chain of medical centers across Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Mohamad Ali Al Shorafa, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical and Chairman of HealthPlus, said the collaboration was in line with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi’s strategy to fulfilling a gap in the delivery of children mental health services in Abu Dhabi and increase access to high quality services.
Mr. Majd Abu Zant, CEO of HealthPlus said by the second quarter of 2016, Camali Clinic will be providing mental health services for children with emotional, behavioral or learning difficulties at our recently launched HealthPlus Children’s Specialty Center in Abu Dhabi.
Camali Clinic, a member of the Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC), an initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), reinforces the commitment to improve clinical outcomes through linking with local renowned partners.