The Middle East

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) related to obesity are growing faster in the Middle East than in any other region of the world. Deaths caused by NCDs there are set to increase by 25% between 2008 and 2018.

Why are we expanding into the Middle East?
35% of children under 14 (nearly 5 million children) living in Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) are above a healthy weight. The GCC includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. MEND is focussing its work in the GCC because people living there have very limited access to the kind of support we can provide.

What are we currently doing in the GCC?

  • We have set up a regional office at Dubai Healthcare City.
  • We are forming partnerships with governments and senior decision-makers to improve the health of their populations.
  • We are looking for research partners, delivery partners and potential sponsors across the region.

What do we plan to do in the GCC during 2011?

  • We will adapt and translate the MEND 7-13 program for Arabic communities.
  • We will introduce the More Active Health adult program as part of workplace wellness initiatives.

To find out more about our work in the GCC, email info@mendcentral.org


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