Read about early childhood development and care, health check-up for new-borns, vaccination schedule and healthy nutrition for children.
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:
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 Enaya screening programme that involves checking new-borns for rare conditions. The screening involves:
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:
A chart showing vaccination schedule for children:
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. According to the results of the National Health Survey 2017–2018 (PDF, 350 KB), the obesity rate amongst children and adolescents aged between 5 and 17 years reached about 17.35 per cent.
National Program for Government Communication launched 2021 Healthy Children initiative to fight obesity amongst 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.
Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) launched the ‘Mutabah’ system, the UAE’s first online system of its kind to collect data on obesity and extra weight among school students.
The ‘Mutabah’ system accurately and quickly identifies overweight school students on an annual basis and provides information on the food pattern the student should follow along with the level of physical activity to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Watch this video about 2021 Healthy Children
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: