Abu Dhabi: The Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH Abu Dhabi), the healthcare sector regulator in the emirate, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Viatris, a global healthcare company dedicated to empowering people worldwide to lead a healthy life. The partnership is aimed at strengthening DoH’s position as a leading destination for healthcare and developing a strong home-grown healthcare workforce.
The agreement further seeks to launch an innovative upskilling program to strengthen the skills of healthcare professionals, with a special focus on primary healthcare doctors in areas of early detection, diagnosis, and management of patients’ mental health disorders.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Rashed Obaid Alsuwaidi, Executive Director of the Healthcare Workforce Planning Sector at the DoH, and Mr. Tamer El-Sallab, Head of GCC and Levant Viatris, in the presence of Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Under-Secretary of the DoH, and representatives of the company, including Mr. Ayman Mokhtar, Regional President MENA and EURASIA Viatris, Dr. Urooj Siddiqui, Head of Medical Affairs, Gulf Cooperation Council and Levant Viatris, and Mr. Darein Hassan, Head of Corporate Affairs for Gulf and Levant Viatris.
Mr. Mokhtar commented that “Viatris is proud to officialize a collaboration with the DoH, joined by a common vision to prioritise our community’s mental and physical well-being. Through this collaboration, experts will share knowledge and resources that empower primary care physicians to provide access to appropriate medical care for patients with mental health conditions.”
“Empowering primary care physicians with expertise in mental health is essential for a healthier community. This collaboration will support the optimal identification and management of mental health conditions on time and through a more holistic approach. We aim to contribute to a healthier future where mental health and wellbeing are prioritised, understood, and treated with the utmost care,” Mr. El-Sallab remarked.
The agreement further focuses on providing primary care physicians with comprehensive medical education resources through a digitally advanced platform. Many of the resources focus on common mental health concerns related to non-communicable diseases, including psychosis, dementia, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, substance use, and child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.
In addition, the upskilling platform will employ a three-stage methodology focusing on capacity building, potential development, and expert recommendations for optimal mental healthcare.