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“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”
Health, as defined by the World Health Organization since 1948, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not only the absence of disease or illness. We all form a part of the UAE community; and as such, we must recognize not only the responsibility that each one of us has in promoting health in our society, but the opportunity to be an agent of change for it.
This is the objective of the Public Health Think Tank: to creatively respond to the public health needs of the UAE, by bringing together university students from all over the nation in a two-day, student-centered conference. This year, the conference will focus on: road traffic incident-related mortality and morbidity within the UAE.
At a global scale, road traffic related incidents are the #1 cause of death in youth aged 15-29, ending with 1.25 million lives a year. In the UAE, the consequences of reiterated irresponsible driving are a major cause of mortality and morbidity, and is considered a matter of national priority, as stated in the UAE’s Vision 2021.
The PHTT is an immersive experience in public health, where selected delegates attend workshops given by distinguished guest speakers, and form multidisciplinary teams to produce an intervention strategy to road traffic incidents in the UAE. The conference culminates with the presentation of each team’s strategies to a panel of judges, who evaluate the proposals based on feasibility, originality and effectiveness.
We are very happy to officially announce that this year, the conference will be hosted by New York University Abu Dhabi, and will take place from 4-5 Nov 2016 on its campus in Saadiyat Island. If you are interested, please save the date!
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We hope to see you in November!