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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 05/11/2012

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The importance of medical research will be in focus at a workshop to be held at the Institute of Health Sciences on Tuesday and Wednesday. The workshop will discuss World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendations on global financing, coordination and development of medical research.The meeting is part of efforts by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to prepare the national health policy, 'The health system 2050 vision.'''The workshop aims to come up with a national policy in the field of financing and coordination of health research and development, which will be considered the foundation stone for work in the directorate of research and studies at MoH in line with objectives of The health system 2050 vision,'' said Dr Adhra bint Hilal al Mawali, director of research and studies, MoH.''Our main objective for this workshop is to discuss the suggestions and recommendations of the WHO consultative expert working group on research and development's report.''The high quality of medical care we enjoy today is built on years of effort by physicians, researchers and other medical professionals investigating the causes of and potential treatments for disease,'' she said.Dr Adhra said that a lot still remains to be done. ''Insights provided by medical research promise to lessen the impact of health problems including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. As science continues to unveil the molecular occurrences that underpin diseases, we will see profound changes in the approach to treating them.''With the partnership of individual and corporate donors, we are able to make significant headway in advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care. We all know that without scientific knowledge, it is hard to have a sensible public health policy.''The workshop will also examine financing and coordination of research and development, as well as proposals for new and innovative means of financing to promote research and development related to Type II and Type III diseases, and the specific research and development needs of developing countries in relation to Type I diseases.


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