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Dr. Reem Gaafar

Non-Resident Research Fellow, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dubai, UAE.

Featured Articles

Promoting Children’s & Adolescents Mental Health in the United Arab Emirates in the 21st Century

A recent WHO report noted that one in 100 deaths is by suicide. Countries around the world need to improve suicide prevention strategies. That includes the Eastern Mediterranean region, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) even if the country (with 6.4 suicides per 100,000 people (2021) ) doesn’t do too bad, compared with some other countries i...

How community-based youth researchers are shaping national policy in Sudan

COVID-19 has impacted the lives and livelihoods of communities across Sudan, like in much of the rest of the world. However, the impact in Sudan has been aggravated by the already crumbling healthcare infrastructure and deteriorating economy, on top of the uncertain political transition the country is going through. A recent analysis suggests t...

How prepared was the UAE for a global pandemic?

Last year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with its tiny 83,600Km2 of land and a little under 10 million residents, ranked 56th out of 195 countries on the (now somewhat controversial) John’s Hopkins Global Health Security index. The country was labeled as  as ‘more prepared’ in the face of disaster – in between ‘least prepared’ and...

Health Policies during a Pandemic: UAE and Jordan Perspectives.

At the time of writing this article, more than 4 million people globally have fallen prey to the novel Corona virus, with over 248 thousand deaths, and the end is not in sight. According to the latest WHO situation report (as of May 11), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered the community transmission phase of the pandemic with 18, 198 con...