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Saudi Arabia: Resolution Passed to Assist Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder

(Mar. 16, 2009) The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly issued Resolution promotes the creation of more children's clinics and health centers specialized in combating ADD.

The Resolution distinguishes between clinics affiliated with charities and clinics that include special schools for children suffering from ADD. It states that clinics affiliated with charities are subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs. On the other hand, the Resolution grants the Ministry of Education the right to supervise clinics with special schools for children who have the disorder. Even though separate jurisdictions will rule on different administrative facets of the Resolution, the Ministry of Health will supervise the health aspects in both types of clinics. (Notice Concerning the Approval of the Council of Ministers on the National Program to Assist Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, AL RIYADH, Jan. 10, 2009, available at