Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, the 8th edition of “My Health Conference”, organized by the Health Promotion Department, HPD, at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah will kick off tomorrow Tuesday amid remarkable participation of the major Arab and international health institutions and 23 high-profile speakers, including Arab and foreign doctors and experts concerned with children’s physical and mental health.
This year’s edition is held virtually from 24 – 26 November, under the theme “A Healthy Environment for Children & Adolescents”, while the conference agenda is featuring 14 working papers to be discussed within 7 sessions, including the internationally approved experiences in the safe return to schools amid Covid-19; physical and nutritional health of children and adolescents; preparedness of schools for emergencies; and prevention of infectious diseases and epidemics in view of the learned lessons from Covid-19 crisis.
The conference will also highlight a set of health issues related to the objectives of the national agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 aimed at developing the readiness of the health system to deal with epidemics and health hazards.
Three training workshops will be held on the sidelines of the conference, the first of which will tackle chronic diseases among children and adolescents, with particular focus on equipping parents, teaching and administrative staff with the most internationally adopted measures in dealing with children and adolescents with immune and chronic diseases. and ways to reduce infectious diseases within the school environment.
The second workshop will be centered on mental health challenge during Covid-19, the psychological impact of distance learning and social distancing, and how to reduce negative manifestations in the school environment, while on the second day of the conference, a special session themed “Towards a Healthy Journalism Environment”, will be held and led by facilitators from Internews, to equip journalists and media communicators with information, skills and lessons learned that can inform responsible reporting on COVID-19.
In the same context, the Health Promotion Department stated that the conference link is available on the Department’s social media platforms, while the interested members of the public can contact @sharjah_health to learn more about the scheduled panel discussions, workshops, and other conference activities.