Since success requires an open mind and healthy body, the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda aims to achieve a world-class healthcare system

The Government will work in collaboration with all health authorities in the country to have all public and private hospitals accredited according to clear national and international quality standards of medical services and staff.

Furthermore, the National Agenda emphasizes the importance of preventive medicine and seeks to reduce cancer and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to ensure a longer, healthy life for citizens. In addition, the Agenda aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking and increase the healthcare system’s readiness to deal with epidemics and health risks. This will result in the UAE becoming among the best countries in the world in terms of quality of healthcare.  

National Key Performance Indicators

World-Class Healthcare
Index
Indicator
Definition
Source
Results
Key Sponsor
1
Average Healthy Life Expectancy
An indicator that measures the average number of years that a person can expect to live in full health.
World Health Organization
68.3 years
(2016)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
2
Percentage of Accredited Health Facilities
An indicator that measures the share of public and private hospitals adhering to national or internationally recognized standards (NKPI specific to UAE)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
67.96%
(2016)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
3
Prevalence of Smoking any Tobacco Product
An indicator that measures the daily consumption of cigarettes and tobacco products among different segments of society of different ages.
Ministry of Health and Prevention
21.6% among men
1.9% among women
(Ministry of Health 2010)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
4
Number of Deaths from Cardiovascular Diseases per 100,000 Population
An indicator that measures the deaths from cardiovascular disease per 100,000 population.
World Health Organization
297.6 deaths per 100,000 population
(2012 figure published in the 2014 report)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
5
Prevalence of Diabetes
An indicator that measures the number of people between the age of 20 and 79 with diabetes in the UAE, as a proportion of the total population. (This age group is aligned with the age group used by the International Diabetes Federation).
International Diabetes Federation
19.3%
(2015)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
6
Prevalence of Obesity amongst Children
An indicator that measures the proportion of children between the ages of 5 and 17 who are considered obese out of the total children of the same age group. The definition of obesity in children is where BMI  is > +2 Standard Deviations with reference to the relevant Z-score chart regarding BMI-for-age.
Ministry of Health and Prevention
13.54%
(2016)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
7
Number of Deaths from Cancer per 100,000 Population
An indicator that measures the deaths from malignant tumors per 100,000 population.
World Health Organization
99 deaths per 100,000 population
(2012 figure published in 2014 report)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
8
Healthcare Quality Index
An indicator that measures the quality of healthcare from (3) perspectives: basic health outcomes, health infrastructure and preventative care, and physical and mental health satisfaction.
Legatum Prosperity Indicator
Rank 28
(2016)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
9
Number of Physicians per 1,000 Population
An indicator that measures the average number of physicians per 1,000 population (including general practitioners and all specialties except dentistry)
World Health Organization
2.53 physicians per 1000 population
(2007-2013 average published in 2015 report)
Ministry of Health and Prevention
10
Number of Nurses per 1,000 Population
An indicator that measures the average number of nurses per 1,000 population.
World Health Organization
3.16 nurses per 1000 population
(2007-2013 average published in 2015 report)
Ministry of Health and Prevention