Education, food children’s top concerns

Updated 21 November 2012
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Education, food children’s top concerns

NEW YORK: Education, food and the environment are top concerns for children around the globe, and particularly for youngsters growing up in developing countries, according to an international poll released yesterday.
Half of children, aged 10 to 12, in emerging nations who were questioned in the Small Voices, Big Dreams survey cited education, followed by food, clothing and shelter as the areas they would focus on as leader of their nation to improve children’s lives.
“We’re always surprised and inspired to see how much emphasis children in developing countries put on education,” said Steven Stirling, executive vice president of ChildFund International, a children’s advocacy non-profit formerly known as the Christian Children’s Fund.
“It shows the depth of maturity of children, who clearly understand the connection between education and changing their worlds for the better,” he added in an interview.
Providing food, clothing and shelter was the top response given by children from developed nations, and the environment and was a concern for everyone.
The findings are based on online interviews with 6,204 children from 47 nations in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. The children were also asked about their aspirations, experiences with disasters and environmental concerns and priorities.
Although one third or more of children in developing countries had experienced natural disasters such as floods, drought or fires, pollution was a bigger worry for them.
Children in poorer nations worried about global warming but youngsters in rich countries did not list it as a concern.
Sterling suggested that global warming might be less of a worry in richer nations because children in developing countries are experiencing more natural disasters that have a greater, negative impact.
“Their ideas for environmental solutions were encouraging: across the world, nearly half of children said they’d either plant more trees, build additional green spaces or decrease littering to help improve the planet,” he said.
“Complex social problems affecting children are better addressed if children are part of the solution,” he added.
Children from developing nations also differed sharply with those from developed nations when it came to career aspirations.
More than half of children in developing countries said they wanted to be a teacher or healthcare professional, while those in developed countries, whom Stirling noted often had the luxury of choosing a career, wanted to be a professional athlete.
But when asked, “What are you most afraid of?” the worldwide response was the same — animals.


Saudi Society for Medical Genetics approves 12 recommendations to combat diseases

Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi Society for Medical Genetics approves 12 recommendations to combat diseases

  • More than 130 pediatricians, geneticists, genetic researchers, laboratory technicians, nutritionists attended the conference from across the kingdom.
  • The conference is an opportunity for medical professionals and workers in the region to keep up-to-date with the most important developments.

RIYADH: Saudi Society of Medical Genetics (SSMG) concluded its conference in Riyadh by approving 12 recommendations aimed at fighting genetic diseases, the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

More than 130 pediatricians, geneticists, genetic researchers, laboratory technicians, nutritionists attended the conference from across the kingdom.

President of the Association, Dr. Zuhair Rahbini, praised the success of the conference, saying it comes in line with the efforts of Saudi government to support all that serves the citizen and supports social health efforts and increases awareness levels to confront genetic diseases.

Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Chairman of the Genetic Research Committee, said the conference has come out with 12 recommendations related to many topics covered by the conference, which include genes, the human genome and the relationship of genes to other environmental factors.

The conference is an opportunity for medical professionals and workers in the country to keep up-to-date with the most important developments, such as early screening for metabolic diseases in newborns, their clinical treatment and new medical treatments across the spectra of metabolic diseases.