KFSH&RC Strives to Pioneer in Maximizing Healthcare Spending Value

Dr. Al Fayyadh at Harvard: We Leverage Technology to Tackle Global Health Challenges

KFSH&RC Strives to Pioneer in Maximizing Healthcare Spending Value

Dr. Al Fayyadh at Harvard: We Leverage Technology to Tackle Global Health Challenges

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Majid Al Fayyadh, CEO of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) joined the Gulf Creatives Conference (GCC) at Harvard 2024. The event, GCC at Harvard, is organized by The Diwan, an organization run by graduate students at Harvard University. In his address, Dr. Al Fayyadh showcased the KFSH&RC’s journey since its inception in Riyadh almost five decades ago, highlighting how it has significantly reduced the need for patients to travel abroad for medical care. KFSH&RC has evolved into a premier provider of tertiary healthcare services and today offers cutting-edge treatments for heart diseases, tumors, organ transplantation, and genetic disorders.

Dr. Al Fayyadh discussed KFSH&RC’s transformation into an independent, non-profit foundation. This move, he indicated, aligns with the organization’s strategic vision to become a global healthcare innovation leader, emphasizing excellence, innovation, and investment in cutting-edge technology to tackle global health challenges.

KFSH&RC Strives to Pioneer in Maximizing Healthcare Spending Value

Dr. Al Fayyadh at Harvard: We Leverage Technology to Tackle Global Health Challenges

“The Saudi Leadership has outlined a clear vision for KFSH&RC, mandated by a royal decree transitioning the hospital into an independent Sui Generis, non-profit foundation,” stated His Excellency, Dr. Al Fayyadh.

He further highlighted that this transformation seeks to elevate global healthcare standards through increased independence and flexibility. This shift will allow KSFH&RC to optimize existing services, pursue new opportunities, and direct resources toward initiatives that promote human health and well-being both within the Kingdom and internationally. Ultimately, this move reinforces KFSH&RC’s dedication to patient-centered excellence.

Dr. Al Fayyadh pointed out that KFSH&RC envisions itself as a leader in maximizing the value of healthcare spending, adhering to evidence-based practices to ensure optimal patient outcomes. It seeks to remain at the forefront of global healthcare innovation, with initiatives designed to increase health equity and access worldwide. To achieve this, KFSH&RC will continue to invest in cutting-edge medical facilities, advanced diagnostic equipment, and state-of-the-art treatment technologies. Building on existing progress in areas like CAR T-cell therapy, robotic surgeries, organ transplants, and personalized medicine, the institution aims to achieve global competitiveness. This will be further supported by fostering an exceptional workforce, pursuing Nobel Prize-caliber breakthroughs, and strengthening strategic international collaborations.

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Dr. Al Fayyadh joined a panel discussion focusing on the evolving landscape of the healthcare sector and the positive outcomes of KFSH&RC’s ongoing transformation in patient care. He also addressed current challenges and anticipated future developments within the healthcare sector, emphasizing the profound impact of the hospital’s innovations on global healthcare advancement. Additionally, Dr. Al Fayyadh highlighted the effective role of the hospital’s transformative initiatives in aligning with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program and Saudi Vision 2030.

KFSH&RC is recognized as one of the leading global institutions that provide specialized healthcare, drive innovation, and serve as an advanced medical research and education hub. It is dedicated to developing medical technologies and elevating healthcare standards worldwide, forging partnerships with leading local, regional, and international institutions to deliver world-class services in clinical, research, and educational domains.

For the second year running, KFSH&RC has retained its status as the leading institution in the Kingdom and ranks 20th globally among the top 250 academic medical centers worldwide. It is also recognized as the most valuable healthcare brand in the Kingdom and the Middle East in 2024, according to Brand Finance, and has been ranked among the world’s top 250 hospitals by Newsweek Magazine.

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About King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre:

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre stands among the global leaders in providing specialized healthcare, driving innovation, and serving as an advanced medical research and education hub. Through strategic partnerships with prominent local, regional, and international institutions, the hospital is dedicated to advancing medical technologies and elevating healthcare standards worldwide.

The hospital has secured its position as the leading brand in the healthcare sector across the Kingdom and the Middle East, marking its second consecutive year as the most valuable healthcare brand. It ranks 9th within the Kingdom and 28th in the Middle East. The hospital distinguishes itself as the sole hospital globally to break into the top 10 brands in its country, as highlighted in two reports by “Brand Finance” on the 50 most valuable brands in Saudi Arabia and the 150 most valuable brands in the Middle East in 2024.

Due to the transformation programs and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, launched by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister – may God protect him – to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership in the global healthcare sector, KFSH&RC has emerged as a leading Academic Medical Centre in the Middle East and Africa. It maintained its 20th rank globally for the second consecutive year in 2024, according to “Brand Finance.” Additionally, it has been ranked among the top 250 hospitals globally in 2024 by the American magazine “Newsweek.”

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19,710 Violators of Residence, Work, Border Security Regulations Apprehended in Week


Riyadh: The inspection campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Interior throughout the Kingdom between May 2 and 8, 2024, to ensure compliance with residency, work and border security regulations, yielded the following results:

Across the Kingdom, 19,710 violations were recorded: 12,961 of residency, 4,177 of border security, and 2,572 of labor laws.

Some 979 individuals attempted to cross the border into the Kingdom illegally, of whom 43% Yemenis, 54% Ethiopians, and 3% of other nationalities; 46 people were arrested for attempting to illegally leave the Kingdom.

Twelve people involved in transporting, sheltering or employing violators were arrested.

A total of 49,407 expatriates (46,342 men and 3,065 women) are currently undergoing procedures for enforcing regulations.

Among the detained people for violating legal requirements, 40,391 were instructed to contact their country’s embassy or consulate to obtain proper documentation for travel, 3,016 were told to complete booking arrangements for their dep
artures, and 13,383 were repatriated.

The Ministry of Interior has warned that any person who facilitates the illegal entry of individuals into the Kingdom, transports them on its territory, provides them with shelter or with any other assistance or service may be penalized with up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to SAR1 million, and that the vehicles used for transport or housing used for shelter may be impounded.

The ministry stressed that such acts are major crimes that warrant arrest.

It also urges people to report any violations by calling 911 in the Makkah, Riyadh, and Eastern regions, and 999 and 996 in the rest of the Kingdom.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

China develops first 100 kg vehicle-mounted liquid hydrogen system

BEIJING: China has successfully developed its first 100-kilogram class vehicle-mounted liquid hydrogen system, marking a new breakthrough in the country’s transportation sector, announced its developer China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on Friday.

According to a report by China Global Television Network, the new system, which is a core component of liquid hydrogen heavy trucks, has been entirely produced domestically. This system is expected to significantly increase the range of hydrogen-powered heavy trucks to over 1,000 kilometres on a single charge.

Compared with its predecessor, the system boasts a 20 percent increase in effective volume within the same overall dimensions while cutting costs by more than 30 percent.

With a capacity to carry up to 100 kilograms of hydrogen, it matches international standards in terms of system quality, hydrogen storage density, and refuelling time.

Source: Emirates News Agency

HIIA President to QNA: Doha, Budapest Common Desire to Strengthen Bilateral Relations Contributed to Boosting Bilateral Cooperation*

Doha: President of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (HIIA), Gladden Pappin, affirmed that the cooperation between his country and the State of Qatar has recently witnessed great development and various forms, thanks to the common desire to strengthen bilateral relations.

Talking to Qatar News Agency , Pappin said that the relationship between Hungary and Qatar is strong and getting stronger. Last year saw visits of Prime Minister Orb?n to Doha, as well as a visit of the Emir of Qatar to Budapest; the Hungarian president and foreign minister also visited Doha.

This cooperation has taken several forms, principally with the signing of agreements on energy as well as in agriculture, water management and diplomatic training, he said adding that at a more strategic level, both Hungary and Qatar are trying to navigate complicated international environments, and both play a positive role in advocating for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

In this respect, Pappin lauded the State of Qatar’s rol
e as a mediator to resolve regional and international disputes.

“Hungary has been consistently grateful for this mediating role played by Qatar, which Hungary recognizes as important to avoiding the growth of additional conflicts in the region. Hungary has been a consistent voice in favor of de-escalation and promoting dialogue among all parties, and this has been substantiated in several elements of Hungary’s relationship with Qatar over the last months,” he said.

He went on saying: ” The strong bilateral relationship between Hungary and Qatar has continued, particularly with regard to the release of three hostages with Hungarian citizenship. While the developments in Gaza have complicated the international environment considerably, Hungary has been able to increase its humanitarian assistance to the region, particularly through our ‘Hungary Helps’ program. To be sure, some European and Middle Eastern countries have different views on the situation in Gaza as well as the eventual direction of the peace pro
cess, in this respect Hungary and Qatar have continued their cooperation, emphasizing the ongoing development of bilateral relations as well as their interest in peace and stability.” Pappin affirmed that both Hungary and Qatar are advocating for peace in their respective regions while exhibiting a foreign policy increasingly followed by smaller yet significant countries making productive agreements with many foreign partners, even when those partners may disagree or diverge on other matters. The “connectivity” strategy that Hungary has been pursuing has strengthened our economic position within Europe, making Hungary an attractive destination for foreign investment.

“The numerous political agreements between Hungary and Qatar will be substantiated further in the coming years, as LNG will be available for delivery to Hungary beginning in 2027; and, during Hungary’s presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of this year, it will also be an opportunity for strengthening relations between the EU an
d Qatar,” he stressed.

About his visit to Qatar, Pappin said that the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, which he leads, seeks to be a bridge for exchange of Hungarian and Qatari perspectives on geopolitics and international relations.

“As a research institute attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and now in its fifty-first year, HIIA seeks to advise the prime minister of Hungary on matters of strategic importance from questions of how stability and peace in the Middle East impact Hungarian interests, to larger questions of the global political order is shifting. We seek to make partnerships and exchanges with like-minded institutes in order to foster better mutual understanding and contribute to shared goals of connectivity and peace,” he said.

Pappin said that during his stay in Doha, he would be visiting the Diplomatic Institute, which recently concluded an agreement with the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy. “As a strategic research institute with some training initiatives as well, the Hungari
an Institute of International Affairs is developing networks for the exchange of research materials principally on questions of geostrategy, as well as bilateral and regional issues,” he said.

President of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, said that the HIIA has built a number of international forums that provide a platform for exchange on regional and global events. These are principally our annual Budapest Balkans Forum (held every March), which draws high-level participants from throughout the Western Balkans; and our soon-to-be-announced East-West Summit, whose goal is to emphasize the importance of connectivity as opposed to bloc formation.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Emirati Field Hospital continues supporting health sector in Gaza

GAZA: The Emirati integrated field hospital in Gaza has received more than 105 injured and wounded patients in the past few days, during which it has performed more than 50 delicate surgical operations.

This brings the total number of cases received by the hospital since its opening to 20,674, and the number of surgical operations performed to 1,745.

The United Arab Emirates continues, through ‘Operation Chivalrous Knight 3” to support the health sector and provide the aid, supplies, and medical equipment needed by the Palestinian people.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministry of Social Development and Family Holds Preparatory Meeting for GCC Housing Senior Officials Meeting

Doha: The Ministry of Social Development and Family (MSDF) in cooperation with the General Secretariate of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is set to hold the 44th meeting of the technical committee concerned with the housing affairs in the GCC countries.

Chaired by Director of Citizens Housing at MSDF Nasser Mehanna Al Mannai, the meeting will discuss a host of topics, most importantly the outcomes of the Gulf housing action plan 2024-2030.

The meeting will also touch on the arrangements made by MSDF in cooperation with the GCC General Secretariate to launch the 2nd Gulf Housing Week and associated exhibition ‘Build Your Home’ slated for May 13-16 in Doha.

Al Mannai said that the Second Gulf Housing Week reflects the Ministry’s belief in the importance of sharing and exchanging ideas and visions in urban planning, being one of the main sectors in the city planning process and the development of countries at all levels.

The 2nd Gulf Housing Week seeks to achieve a set of planning goals to improve and d
evelop the housing and real estate sector and promote a sustainable economy.

Source: Qatar News Agency