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Health Challenges: Kuwait

May 10, 2015 - May 14, 2015

With approximately 75% of the Kuwait population categorized as either overweight or obese, 25% of the population suffering from Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease and other non-communicable diseases on the rise, Kuwait’s healthcare system faces serious challenges. Despite this, healthcare in Kuwait remains primarily treatment-based, with little emphasis on the public health tenets of preventative medicine. Particularly worrisome are the alarming increases in childhood obesity, as well as the concomitant rise in non-communicable disease (NCD) rates among Kuwaiti children and adolescents.

Five visitors from Kuwait are coming to Cleveland to examine how U.S. public and private sectors are combating non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, alcoholism, smoking and drug addiction; how we raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles, diet and exercise; and learn about programs at the community level to improve health and bolster local economies, such as “Let’s Move,” eat local, eat fresh movements, farmers markets, and farm-to-school programs.


International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, International Visitors Program Officer, at or click here.  To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


May 10, 2015
May 14, 2015
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(216) 781-3730
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