Abu Dhabi: As a testament to the global recognition of the UAE healthcare sector and its personnel, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Infectious Disease Expert and Executive Director of Infectious Diseases and Official UAE Spokesperson for the Health Sector will now serve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP Framework) Advisory Group as a Member.
Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) revealed that Dr. Hosani will be a member of the Advisory Group for the 022-2024 period.
Members of the Advisory Group, appointed by WHO Director-General serve, in their personal, expert capacity, for three years.
The key goal of the framework is to improve and strengthen the sharing of information about influenza viruses with human pandemic potential and increase access to vaccines and other pandemic related supplies for developing countries.
The ADPHC Director-General further added that, “Dr. Farida Al Hosani has been an active participant across global, WHO level activities, and plays an integral role in the UAE’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. She is a pioneering figure and adds to a long list of Emirati females engaged at an international level within their related fields.”
“This would not have been possible without the support of our wise leadership who have provided Emirati women with the tools and resources to succeed, whilst also emphasizing the efforts that H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, has provided to Emirati women,” Mr. Al Nuaimi observed.
“As a proud Emirati female, I want to share my deep appreciation for our leadership and thank them for the support they have provided me in enhancing my skills and attaining the highest qualifications in public health and healthcare policy. I am looking forward to working closely with partners and experts from all over the world to support international healthcare efforts and build a healthy future for generations,” Dr. Al Hosani added.
PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS FRAMEWORK (PIP FRAMEWORK)
The PIP Framework emphases on sharing information around influenza viruses and promoting access to vaccines and other benefits. It was adopted in May 2011 by the 64th World Health Assembly, which comprises 18 members drawn from three Member States in each WHO Region.
The primary purpose of the Advisory Group is to monitor the implementation of the PIP Framework and provide evidence-based reporting, assessment and recommendations regarding its functioning to the WHO Director-General.