Governor accepts honorary presidency of Madinah’s Down Syndrome Association

Governor accepts honorary presidency of Madinah’s Down Syndrome Association
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman at work. (SPA)
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Updated 05 August 2020

Governor accepts honorary presidency of Madinah’s Down Syndrome Association

Governor accepts honorary presidency of Madinah’s Down Syndrome Association

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman has accepted the honorary presidency of Madinah’s Down Syndrome Association, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The chairman of the association, Abdulmohsen bin Naif bin Hamid, along with the board’s members, thanked Prince Faisal for his decision.

The nonprofit association is pioneering the rehabilitation and education of children with Down syndrome in the Madinah region, providing programs for families and specialists.

The association, the first of its kind in the region, provides rehabilitation programs along with psychological, educational, speech, physical and occupational therapy services.

It works to promote early-intervention programs for young age groups, offering medical and social advice to children’s families as well as organizing consulting and rehabilitation evening clinics.

The association offers educational programs and helps integrate older age groups by guiding them toward a range of professions.


Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2021

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
  • The holy city gained World Health Organization accreditation after meeting all global standards

JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.
The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.
A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.
The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.
The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program.

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• Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.

• A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.
Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”