Early childhood development and care
Specifically for early childhood development and care, the UAE Government offers health checkup for new-borns and vaccinations. It also provides specialised health care to pediatric patients (children) in the outpatient department in the government hospitals.
Health check-up for new-borns
Ministry of Health and Prevention provides early detection services for neonatal diseases . The diseases that are examined include 40 genetic diseases in accordance with international standards. Some of these are:
Sickle cell anemia
Biotin deficiency disease
Diseases of amino acids, organic and fatty (mass spectrometer)
Other tests such as cardiac examination to detect critical congenital deformities of the heart and early screening of hearing disorders for newborns to detect hereditary deafness.
Read more about early screening of newborns for diseases .
Department of Health in Abu Dhabi introduced the that involves checking new-borns for rare conditions. The screening involves: Enaya screening programme
Examination by the doctor
Congenital heart disease screening
Heel prick/bloodspot test.
The UAE Government mandates vaccinations to children from the time they are born to the time they reach Grade 11. Vaccinations prevent the following diseases:
BCG: Bacillus, Calmette-Guerin (against tuberculosis)
DPT: Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus
DTaP: Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis
Hep B: Hepatitis B
Hexavalent: DTaP, Hib, Hep B and IPV
Hib: Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
HPV: Human Papillomavirus
IPV: Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine
MMR: Measles, Mumps and Rubella
OPV: Oral Poliovirus Vaccine
PCV: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Pentavalent: DPT, Hib and Hep B
Tdap: Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria and reduced Pertussis
Tetravalent: DTaP and Hib.
A chart showing vaccination schedule for children:
View a video about vaccination: VIDEO
Ministry of Health and Prevention issues a vaccination card for children to record all the vaccines and the dates on which vaccines were given to the child.
Read more about vaccinating children according to Expanded National Immunization Programme (PDF, 100KB) .
All schools and their food suppliers in the UAE must follow the healthy nutritional guidelines issued by the authorities concerned, to ensure providing healthy foods for schoolchildren.
Department of Health in Abu Dhabi launched
Schools for health, a health programme focussing on the all-round health of schoolchildren.
In addition, the Government is also trying to tackle obesity and protect children from the negative effects of smoking.
Obesity amongst children is a cause of concern in the UAE. Statistics published by the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi in 2014 showed
14 per cent of pupils across the emirate's schools were overweight, while 15 per cent of them suffered from obesity.
National Program for Government Communication launched 2021 Healthy Children initiative to fight obesity among children. The UAE National Agenda aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity amongst children from 13.17 per cent (as of 2014) to 12 percent by the year 2021.
Read the UAE's efforts to forbid children from both active and passive smoking .
In 2018, under the Help Me Hear initiative, the UAE Government carried out cochlear implanting operations in non-Emirati children belonging to low-income households. View video: VIDEO
Updated on 24 Nov 2019