Prevention and control of obesity: An interprofessional system approach


Article Abstract
Obesity is an escalating global epidemic
with exponential increasing rates in Saudi Arabia and Gulf Countries. Obesity has adverse effects on patients’ health, psychology, and socioeconomic status. In addition, it is a burden on societies when obese individuals become less productive in their work and governments spend more money for their accommodation in the society and health care expenditure. A comprehensive inter-professional system approach inclusive of broad environmental and social interventions and individuals’ psychological and behavioral changes is required to produce positive impact on obesity prevention and control in societies. The aim of this project is to involve concerned health care and non-health professions, policy makers, and other stakeholders to work together within a system framework.  The idea of this project was initiated at the first residential meeting of the Manipal University – Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER, Philadelphia, USA) International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) Fellowship Program, Manipal, India, in May 2015. The literature collected and carefully selected includes major reports, policies, guidelines, and interventions done at several sectorial levels; bestevidence practices on communities, health care professions, schools, and workplaces; implementation strategies, success stories, and barriers; and studies on assessment of the effectiveness and impact of these interventions. Out of hundreds of articles and reports in obesity and related NCDs published nationally and worldwide, this project documents and discusses local interventions and programs in this field with lessons learned. In addition, best-evidence practices/interventions, and policies that have worked globally to prevent and manage obesity are discussed and extrapolated to our local settings. Aided by national and international expert groups, this project tries to document a road map for a multisectorial interprofessional system approach to prevent and control obesity in the region to influence its impact on individuals and society. Please read full text at:

IFSO 2018 Scientific Program at a glance: Post-graduate Courses

  1. How to do quality research & publish
  2. Bariatric Endoscopy & Hands on: weight loss, regain & management of complications.
  3. One anastomosis gastric bypass/minigastric bypass.
  4. Enhanced Recovery in Bariatric Surgery & Perioperative care.
  5. Metabolic Surgery from Basics to Clinical evidence.
  6. Multi-disciplinary team, Obesity Medicine Specialists.
  7. Complications of bariatric surgery prevention & Management.
  8. Re-operative & revisional bariatric surgery for weight regain.
  9. Bariatric Surgery Registries: MBSAQIP, IFSO, Dendrite.
  10. Hands on course on suturing and stapling techniques.

Plenary Sessions Topics

  1. World-cup competitions of endoscopic & Bariatric Videos.
  2. Mock trial “how to deal with medicolegal litigation”.
  3. Quality Accreditation, bariatric registries in bariatric surgery.
  4. Enhanced recovery, perioperative care of patients, anesthesia.
  5. Novel bariatric procedures & emerging technologies.
  6. Weight regain after sleeve gastrectomy.
  7. Multi-disciplinary bariatric surgery practice, follow up, compliance.
  8. Metabolic Surgery what is the evidence?
  9. Weight regain after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
  10. Best options for super obese patients.
  11. Video session complications of Bariatricsurgery.
  12. Top Papers sessions.
  13. Debates: Class I obesity,
  14. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in GERD patients.
  15. Children, Adolescent Bariatric surgery.

The Venue of IFSO 2018 in Dubai:
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is the most popular destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and exhibitions in the Middle East. The venue annually hosts more than 3 million delegates and attendees to events.

Dubai International airport is ranked the number one hub for international passengers with annual traffic over 83.6 million passengers in 2016. The airport serves 90 airlines flying to more than 240 destinations across six continents.

INFRASTRUCTURE Dubai boasts a world-class infrastructure, well-maintained roads, excellent public transport and connectivity
HOTELS FOR ALL NEEDS AND BUDGETS Dubai has a diverse range of premium, standard and budget hotels offering services that cater to all needs and budgets. There are close to 700 hotels offering more than 100,000 rooms (up to 134,000 by 2018).

GROWING KNOWLEDGE HUB Dubai is a growing knowledge hub and has established prospering communities to share knowledge and exchange of ideas, including Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Healthcare City.

SAFE AND SECURE FOR ALL Per Interpol, Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world in terms of crimes and health, making it a reassuring ground for all.

Adrenaline-pumping desert safaris, luxurious spa breaks, relaxing dhow cruises, Arabian culture, high-octane skydives and exhilarating Water Park rides are just some of the experiences Dubai offers.

Visa and Travel: many nationals are eligible for a free-of-charge visa upon entry into Dubai International Airport:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, and the Vatican.
All other nationals are required to prearrange a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.






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