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“The role of Charities in accelerating the SDGs and the importance of partnerships to foster cooperation and driving the SDGs agenda”


November 3, 2021 - 16:00 - 17:00

Topic Description :

“The role of Charities in accelerating the SDGs and the importance of partnerships to foster cooperation and driving the SDGs agenda”

Speaker :

Dr. Manal Taryam

Dr. Manal Mohammad Taryam
CEO of Primary Health Care in Dubai Health Authority, CEO and Board Member of Noor Dubai Foundation


Dr. Manal Taryam, made a notable impact on the healthcare sector. Leading Primary Health Care and contributing to the ranking of the Emirates No.1 in Satisfaction with availability of Quality Healthcare” according to Gallup Report 2019, and “Economic implications of an ageing population” according to IMD Competitiveness Yearbook 2018 and “Vaccination coverage index” by Legatum Report 2018.

She is Executive President of the International Scientific Alliance for Family Medicine. She recently got nominated to chair a Global Council on SDG.

Her impact surpassed boarders, as she touched lives of people globally, in her capacity as CEO & Member of the board of Trustee at Noor Dubai Foundation, a member charity in the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives that specializes in fighting all forms of avoidable and curable blindness and visual disabilities around the world. Since its launch in 2008, the Foundation worked successfully with governments and NGOs in Asia and Africa as it succeeded in reaching out to over 30 million beneficiaries, distributing 92 million doses of medicine, conducting 390,581 surgeries, training 266,227 healthcare providers in 18 different countries.

She was awarded for her humanitarian efforts by H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2018 in addition to receiving the international Stevie Awards in 2019 for “Best CEO in nonprofit organization”. She has received 28 awards, including Sheikh Rashid Awards for Scientific Excellence and Distinguished Government Employee, at the Dubai Government Excellence Program- 2006.

She supervised 127 strategic initiatives that contributed in raising happiness of over 1 million patients annually. More recently, she has received the 2021 Silver Award at the “International Business Awards” for the category “Healthcare Technology Solutions” for the initiative “Doctor for Every Citizen” a smart telemedicine platform that provided virtual
consultations to patients in the UAE and Emiratis abroad. The initiative had a role in supporting the healthcare sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entrusted by leadership, she was assigned to lead the Dubai Disability Strategy inclusive healthcare taskforce, in an effort to make Dubai a disability friendly city. She also led the Dubai 10X project from which 2 strategic programs were initiated, the early warning and response system, a public health prediction platform which targets Global Emergencies in Health care, and the Dubai Genome Project, which will revolutionize medicine in UAE and promote personalized medicine.

Dr. Manal Taryam, believes in an international world, she had the opportunity of studying and working in multi-cultural environments. Dr. Taryam graduated from Dubai Medical College in 1997, then traveled to Germany to complete her postgraduate studies in Ophthalmology, by 2006 she obtained a fellowship degree in Retinal Surgery from the University of Cologne.

In 2007, Dr. Taryam returned to Dubai to establish the first Retinal medical services at a government hospital and in 2008 she was appointed Medical Director of Noor Dubai Foundation. Her work in Noor Dubai involved the prevention and control of blinding diseases as well as empowering healthcare providers for sustainable quality healthcare.

Dr. Taryam has been keen on supporting the SDGs in all the programs with direct impact on SDG 3, and indirect impact on SDG 1, SDG 4, SDG 5, SDG 6 and SDG 17

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