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UAE Genetic Diseases Association runs series of screening campaigns following World Thalassemia Day

UAE Genetic Diseases Association runs series of screening campaigns following World Thalassemia Day

Over 500 volunteers join the effort as group seeks to strengthen community partnerships while expanding free screenings and treatment plans in the country

2227Dubai, May 23, 2010: UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA), the sole non-profit genetic organization in the UAE, has begun a month-long screening campaign to bring attention to the presence of thalassemia in the UAE following the commemoration of World Thalassemia Day earlier this month.  According to the Genetic and Thalassemia Centre in Dubai, one in 12 persons in the UAE is said to be a carrier of the disease.

The latest UAEGDA campaign is touring locations throughout the UAE with over 500 volunteers from various institutions assisting in the effort.  Participants are working under the mission of educating the population about common genetic disorders (such as Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, G6PD Deficiency & Diabetes) and informing them about the free screening and counselling services provided by the UAEGDA.  Different venues will be targeted throughout the month of May including Deira City Centre, 11 different Emarat and ADNOC fuel stations across the UAE, and various colleges and corporate houses. 

Nearly 5,000 individuals were tested for the disease in the last year, according to UAEGDA officials, and an expansion of the group’s capacity has attracted partners throughout the country, including groups like the UAE Marriage Fund—a partner in UAEGDA’s current campaign.

The benefits of screening tests lay not only on an early detection of the disorder, but also preventing the birth of children born with thalassemia major.  As in the case of all hereditary recessive diseases, there is a 25 per cent chance for the child of thalassemia-carrier parents to become affected, another 50 per cent chance of which will be carriers, while the rest go on seemingly unaffected. 

“Thalassemia is a major public health issue in the UAE, which affects so many families at social, medical, financial and psychological levels,” says Dr. Maryam Matar, Founder & Chairman of UAEGDA.  “Blood screenings campaigns in general are the best way to help reduce the presence of hereditary diseases in the country.  Certain diseases like thalassemia and diabetes have especially high prevalence in the UAE, and this is the first step in identifying a problem that could extend for generations to come.”

A great deal of scientific data has in fact been documented to show trends of selected genetic disorders in UAE communities, and it is the mission of UAEGDA to make the country free from births of children born with thalassemia by 2012.

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UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA) sets new course for screening campaigns during first appearance at Arab Health Congress

UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA) sets new course for screening campaigns during first appearance at Arab Health Congress

image-03Dubai, January 30, 2010: UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA), the sole non-profit genetics organization in the UAE, has concluded a fruitful week of discussions with regional and international bodies during the group’s first appearance at Arab Health Congress earlier this week.  As a first-time exhibitor, UAEGDA says that the experience has proven extraordinarily valuable and that the Health Authority of Dubai has played a tremendous role in raising local awareness of battling genetic diseases in the country.

Listed under Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, UAEGDA strives to reduce the prevalence and impact of common genetic disorders through sponsoring nation-wide education and screening campaigns. 

During the week-long congress, UAEGDA connected with other GCC organizations to identify methods in which regional entities from the public, private and non-profit sectors can align business interests and public policy to advance screening campaigns in the upcoming year.  “Regional coordination is extremely important for an organization like ours because of the high number of expatriate populations in UAE,” comments H.E. Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of UAEGDA.  “Arab Health is an ideal platform for us to communicate our message to GCC healthcare professionals and likeminded groups from around the globe.”

This year’s Arab Health Congress included 17 internationally-accredited conferences addressed by nearly 400 acclaimed speakers from around the globe.  With an estimated value of around $80 billion per year, preventative medicine and routine screenings have been hot topics within the Middle East healthcare market.

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The first Genetic & Biotechnology Conference & DNA Workshop in the UAE welcomes leading experts from around the globe

The first Genetic & Biotechnology Conference & DNA Workshop in the UAE welcomes leading experts from around the globe


UAE Genetic Diseases Association partners with Yamaguchi University, Zayed University & DuBiotech to coordinate a full day of discussions for the direct benefit of UAE students

L-R: Dr. Mohammed Naveed  Consultant Geneticist UAEGDA, Mr. Ahmed Al Bakhit Board Director UAEGDA, Ms. Hino Minako Japan Yamaguchi, Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director UAEGDA, Prof. Yukio Hattori MD Prof. of Health Sciences Yamaguchi University School of Medicine Japan, Dr. Yasuhiro Yamashiro Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Japan, Mr. Tarik Al Gurg Board Director  of UAEGDA, Mr. Marwan Abdulaziz Director of Dubiotech.

L-R: Dr. Mohammed Naveed Consultant Geneticist UAEGDA, Mr. Ahmed Al Bakhit Board Director UAEGDA, Ms. Hino Minako Japan Yamaguchi, Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director UAEGDA, Prof. Yukio Hattori MD Prof. of Health Sciences Yamaguchi University School of Medicine Japan, Dr. Yasuhiro Yamashiro Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Japan, Mr. Tarik Al Gurg Board Director of UAEGDA, Mr. Marwan Abdulaziz Director of Dubiotech.

UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA), the sole non-profit genetics organization in the UAE, Read the full story

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Living Healthy in the UAE for Years to Come

Living Healthy in the UAE for Years to Come


As the country celebrates the 38th UAE National Day, UAE Genetic Diseases Association says that a healthier, more active UAE lifestyle is on the horizon

H.E. Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of UAEGDA

H.E. Dr. Maryam Matar, Executive Director of UAEGDA

As the country celebrates UAE National Day and honours all of the achievements of the last 38 years,  developing a world-class public health system has been a major milestone, Read the full story

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UAE Genetic Diseases Association Joins Force With DuBiotech to establish cutting edage research and Diagnostic Facilities

UAE Genetic Diseases Association Joins Force With DuBiotech to establish cutting edage research and Diagnostic Facilities


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Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech), a member of TECOM Investments and the major Life Sciences hub in the Middle East today announced that the UAE Genetics Diseases Association (UAEGDA) will establish its research and distinguished facilities at The Nucleotide Lab Complex in DuBiotech Park. Read the full story

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On the International Thalassemia day UAE GDA urges general public to get screened for genetic diseases

On the International Thalassemia day UAE GDA urges general public to get screened for genetic diseases


Friday May 8th marks the International Thalassemia Day, a serious genetic diseases that is common in the UAE

In UAE Genetic Disease Association’s (UAE GDA) drive to create awareness about the medical and social impacts of common inherited blood disorders prevalent in our community, such as Thalassemia, Sickle-cell Anaemia and G6PD, GDA has organized awareness campaigns and blood testing campaigns at various locations in the country. Read the full story

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