Kadhim Alabady is the fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCP – Glasgow). Hold a Doctorate degree in Public Health and Epidemiology, Master degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc), Master degree in Public Health (MPH), all from The Netherlands Universities with broad experience driving Research and Development (R&D) strategies and operations. Registered as Epidemiologist Grade A with The Netherlands Epidemiological Society. Has numerous publications in the UK in mental illnesses, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Dementia, Autism, COPD, population health, road casualties, and others.
Introduction: To provide a baseline of the current picture of major mental health challenges among people in Dubai which can then be used to measure the impact of interventions or service development.
Method: In order to carry out the mental health needs assessment we applied qualitative and quantitative methodology.
Result: The prevalence of people who suffer from different types of mental disorders remains largely unknown, many men are unwilling to seek professional help because of lack of awareness or the stigma attached to it. According to the Dubai Household Health Survey DHHS (2009), 14.5% of respondents reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms over a 2 weeks period.
It was predicted in 2014 that there would be 37,933 people suffering from psychotic disorders. It is estimated there would be 19,117 adults between the ages of 20 and 64 years with ASD in Dubai for 2014. It was estimated around 548 residents in Dubai aged 60 years or more in 2014 had dementia of which 338 were men.