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School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa


Much has been written regarding the public health challenges facing the UAE, particularly the high levels of preventable non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, renal disease, and traffic related injuries. Committed to reversing this trend, the Government of the UAE have identified ‘Health for All’ as an important strategic priority in the ongoing development of the nation. The availability of an appropriately skilled workforce is a key consideration in the achievement of this aim. This is highlighted by the WHO report ‘A universal truth: No health without a workforce’, which was presented to inform the Third Global Forum in Human Resources for Health. Within the UAE, achievement of the ‘Health for All’ vision requires the development of an appropriately skilled Public Health workforce with supporting health professional licensure, regulation and scopes of practice.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.


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