HRH Princess Haya's work in health stems from Her parents' legacy and is fuelled by Her commitment towards raising the bar when it comes to quality health care services. Throughout Her public role, HRH Princess Haya's work focuses on improving the quality life for individuals regardless of their background or nationality. She pays particular attention to the health sector by supporting and initiating health programmes and projects. Believing in the power of youth and in the role of physical activity and sound nutrition for the healthy development of children, HRH Princess Haya is keen to support a culture that encourages healthy eating habits and promotes physical activity.
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Dubai Healthcare City Authority
In May 2011, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a decree establishing a public authority, now known as Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), to oversee Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). Since its inception, DHCC has become home to two hospitals, over 90 outpatient medical centres and diagnostic laboratories with over 2000 licensed professionals, occupying 22 million square feet. As per the decree, HH Sheikh Mohammed also appointed HRH Princess Haya as Chairperson of the Authority. With the healthcare sector being the most important service sector in Dubai and across the UAE, HRH Princess Haya continues to implement HH Sheikh Mohammed’s vision by assessing all previous shortfalls and re-aligning Dubai Healthcare City to create an internationally renowned site and centre for integrated medical services. At the forefront of the plan is the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center (MBRM AMC), the academic and research arm of Dubai Healthcare City and hub for DHCC’s educational components. Research and academia, being a top priority for HRH Princess Haya, has paved way to open dialogue in an effort to strategically draw attention to DHCA’s multi-disciplinary approach as well as highlight the numerous programmes to soon be offered by the Center.
Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital
Work on the Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, the first dedicated children’s hospital in the United Arab Emirates, has started and is due for completion in early 2014. The driving force behind it is the belief that all children should have an equal start for success in life and the treatment of children suffering from illness or disease should not be the subject of geographical chance. The Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital is the first in the UAE to specialise in the treatment of children, defining a new standard for healthcare excellence on a local, regional and international level, fostering clinical innovations, ground-breaking technologies and cutting-edge research facilities. It is dedicated to the health and well-being of all children, delivering comprehensive and integrated healthcare services with the best knowledge, medicine and technology available across the Middle East. HRH Princess Haya continues to work closely with the team at Dubai Health Authority and visits hospitals around the world as part of a global fact-finding initiative to assist in the development of the Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital.
Al Jalila Paediatric Unit at the Aswan Heart Centre
Al-Jalila Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Aswan Heart Centre (AHC) is a 10-bed suite intended to provide state-of-the-art postoperative care to neonates, infants and children at AHC. The suite is designed to accommodate infants and children ranging from newborns to 16 years of age in 8 “cubicles” fully equipped with medical gases, dedicated electrical beds, advanced multi-module monitors, mechanical ventilators with telemetry capabilities. Additionally, two separate Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) rooms are available with advanced incubation facilities. In 2011, AHC is planning to perform 200 open heart surgeries and 250 pediatric percutaneous interventions to children between newborns and 16 years old. Al-Jalila PICU will be the main post-operative destination for all these children.
The Aswan Heart Centre in Egypt is a new development in cardiovascular surgery, treatment and research that opened in 2009. The Centre is part of QAL Advanced Cardiovascular Network which is a London based charity founded by Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, whose objective is the advancement of health for the public benefit by conducting, commissioning and collaborating in treatment and education. HRH Princess Haya is the Chair of the International Advisory Board.
Chain of Hope
Chain of Hope, founded by Sir Magdi Yacoub, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Imperial College London, provides children suffering from life-threatening diseases with the corrective surgery and treatment to which they do not have access. The principle of the charity is to build-up, link by link, a 'chain' of volunteers to enable children to receive the medical attention they need. The Foundation also organises missions to countries where there is an acute lack of medical provision. HRH Princess Haya is the Honorary President of the Foundation.
UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council
The UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council highlights the importance of professional nursing and sets standards for nursing and midwifery practice and education. The Council proposes strategies to develop nursing and midwifery in the UAE, while coordinating with relevant authorities to adopt training and education programmes which promote the highest standards of competence within the profession. It was founded in March 2009 by a decree issued by the United Arab Emirates Cabinet under the direction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. HRH Princess Haya is the Chairperson of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Princess Haya Biotechnology Centre
The Princess Haya Biotechnology Centre houses 16 research laboratories and supports scientific activity at the national and regional level. It was established at the Jordan University of Science and Technology on the campus of King Abdullah University Hospital in 2005 and has cooperation agreements with several local institutions and hospitals. The Centre has recently expanded its activity beyond the national borders, liaising with a forensic medicine institute in Iraq, the Saint Joseph University in Lebanon, the Hamdan Bin Rashid Organisation for Excellence in the UAE, the Human Genetics Center at the University of Humboldt in Germany and The Forensic Medicine Centre at the University of Western Australia. HRH Princess Haya serves as Honorary President.
International Midwifery Conference
The International Midwifery Conference takes place every year on International Midwives’ Day, the 5th of May, where midwives are given the opportunity to network, strengthen relationships as well as raise awareness for their profession. The conference is also an opportunity to recognize accomplished midwives as well as advancements within midwifery. The UAE conference started in 2008 and each year it focuses on a theme of particular importance to midwifery for that year. HRH Princess Haya has been the Patron of the International Midwifery Conference in Dubai since 2008.
UNICEF Fat Truth Campaign
Unicef’s Fat Truth campaign aims to raise awareness on childhood obesity in the UAE by not only involving and educating parents and caregivers but also including healthcare and educational sectors as well as policymakers, government bodies and institutions in the problem solving process. Obesity is starting to become more evident in the UAE, as more and more people are adopting unhealthy and inactive lifestyles, relying on junk food and unhealthy nutritious practices. The campaign was a direct result of a recommendation that came out of the 2008 Arab Children Health Congress. HRH Princess Haya is a Patron of the Fat Truth Campaign.
Mobile Dental Clinic - Child Smile Campaign
Nicolas & Asp Postgraduate Institute is the first Specialized Postgraduate Dental Institute in the Middle East accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education. Dr. Nicolas will provide his services to ensure that children with special needs who are deprived from proper specialized dental care receive the treatments and care they require. The Institute will staff and operate the Mobile Dental Clinic, which includes a fitted mobile truck donated by HRH Princess Haya which will visit various institutions and centers across the Emirate of Dubai.
The Princess Haya WIDEX Congress for Paediatric Audiology
The Princess Haya WIDEX Congress for Paediatric Audiology brings together scientists and hearing care professionals from over 35 countries, and offers the ideal forum for experts specialized in paediatric audiology to share the latest developments and research within their field. The Congress covers a diverse range of important topics – from early intervention, to speech and language development, to amplification for children. It also includes a series of workshops, on topics as varied as protecting children from noise and regional hearing healthcare issues in the Middle East. The Congress was held under the Patronage of HRH Princess Haya.
Arab Children Health Congress
The Arab Children Health Congress is an innovative forum that gives children throughout the Arab world a voice in healthcare. Launched with support from HRH Princess Haya in 2006, the Congress addresses the health and medical concerns of young children in closer consideration to their physical and emotional needs, as expressed from their own perspective. The goal is to involve challenged children in their own health debate and empower them to make a positive change in their own health predicament. HRH Princess Haya is a Patron of the Arab Children Health Congress.
Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation
Operating out of the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Sandton, the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation is a charity organisation that facilitates life-saving heart surgery for underprivileged children from across Africa who suffer from congenital heart conditions. HRH Princess Haya’s involvement with the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation began in April 2008, when She first visited the centre as part of a legacy tour with President Nelson Mandela to raise awareness of paediatric cardiac health in Africa. Princess Haya is a Global Patron for the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation.