He congratulated the UAE Special Olympics on winning the "Healthy Society" award.

Mohamed bin Zayed: People of Determination are an authentic and essential part of our society

Mohamed bin Zayed receives the UAE Special Olympics delegation.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received the UAE Special Olympics delegation.

His Highness congratulated the delegation, during the meeting that took place at Qasr Al Bahr, for the Olympics winning the “Healthy Society Award for the year 2021”, which is granted by the “Special International Olympics” to the countries that implement the program of the same name “Healthy Society”, praising the efforts of everyone who contributed to achieving this. Title.

His Highness said, "Caring for people of determination and providing integrated care in accordance with the highest international standards... comes within the essence of the state's plans and programs to enable them to become productive and contributors to the service of their country.

This achievement comes in appreciation of the UAE Special Olympics' commitment to improving the quality of life for people of determination, making the UAE the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to achieve this title in its first year of implementation.

The International Special Olympics praised the UAE's commitment to designing and implementing the "Healthy Society" program, with the aim of establishing an inclusive society in which comprehensive, high-quality health care services are available for people of determination with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The International Special Olympics designed the "Healthy Communities" program, in cooperation with the Golisano Foundation, to address the problems caused by disparities and differences in the level of health services provided to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities around the world, by providing immediate and long-term community solutions, and providing preventive education and training programs for specialists. In the healthcare sector, to enhance the support that people of determination and their families receive.

The health program is at the heart of the legacy of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, and the past 18 months have witnessed the launch of the “Emirati Special Olympics” many health programs and initiatives to ensure the provision and support of inclusive health care and improve the quality of life for people of determination, in line with the health pillar of the Abu Dhabi Strategy for People of Determination 2020. -2024.

These initiatives included conducting comprehensive examinations within the oral and dental health program, the “strong minds” program for mental health, in addition to the “cooking club” programs to educate people of determination about proper nutrition, and the “gardening” program to promote mental health during the pandemic period, in addition to several training programs. Important, including the health care provider training program, which aims to spread awareness on how to deal with visitors of determination in health facilities, and provide the best health services in proportion to their needs.

It also organized several training programs for trainers at the state level to raise awareness about dealing with various situations and injuries in stadiums, including the Safely Train Program and the First Aid Program.

On this occasion, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Special Olympics Foundation, Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrouei, said: “One of the most important results of organizing the Special Olympics World Games (Abu Dhabi 2019) is to activate a comprehensive and sustainable community movement in all fields, to integrate people of determination with people of determination. Mental challenges and people of different abilities, and we see their resonance every day, whether through the proposed programs or government legislation and laws that support comprehensive societal integration.”

She added, "Through our work in the UAE Special Olympics Foundation and the health program, we are committed to developing the quality of health services and programs available to people of determination, and working side by side with our partners and stakeholders throughout the United Arab Emirates, to provide specialized and integrated health and educational programs."

She said: “The breadth of resources available to us, the care, attention and support we receive;

Evidence of the keenness of the wise leadership of the UAE to improve the quality of life for people of determination and to promote inclusion in our society.”

It is noteworthy that the "Healthy Communities" program began in 2012 and is implemented in 68 countries.

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