Al-Qubati receives award [Archives:2003/675/Local News]

October 9 2003

By Yasin Abdulaleem Al-Qubati
For the Yemen Times

Sana'a, 6 Oct. Dr. Yasin Abdulaleem Al-Qubati was honored last week for his dedication to public health in the Republic of Yemen and in particular the elimination of leprosy and his lifelong commitment to the care and well-being of people affected by leprosy. Dr. Al-Qubati's early interest in leprosy inspired him to become more involved as a physician. He graduated as a dermatologist in 1980 and spent the following years-mobilizing national and international support for the cause of loprosy control and relief, efforts, which eventually resulted in the development of the national leprosy elimination programme in Yemen.
As the programme demonstrated increasing success he turned his attention to awareness-raising in the community, health education and disability prevention and rehabilitation. Dr. Al-Qubati has been instrumental in mobilizing financial support from the business community, establishing the Yemen Leprosy Elimination Society, a non-governmental organization to channel this support. He has published widely in the field of leprosy and attended numerous international conferences. His public health interests have also included control of onchocerciasis and leishmaniasis in Yemen and his work is now focusing on improving quality of care in the national health system. He played a prominent role in the establishment of the school of medicine at Taiz University in 1999.