Abu Dhabi: The Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rabdan Academy, a government-owned education institution, and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP), an internationally recognized academic medical practice.
This move is in line with its dedication to upskilling the Emirate’s healthcare professionals and investing in the sector’s human capital. The agreement seeks to ensure the sustainability of emergency preparedness and crisis management in the healthcare sector through exchanging knowledge and resource sharing in the sector’s Health Emergency Management domain.
The deal was signed by Dr. Rashed Obaid Alsuwaidi, Executive Director of the Healthcare Workforce Planning Sector at DoH, Mr. Hamad Abdulrahman Al Zaabi, Acting Executive Director of Support Services at Rabdan Academy, and Mr. Kristen Beech, Vice President, and Chief Legal Officer at HMFP at the Department’s headquarters.
Under this MoU, DoH aims to ensure the agility of the sector and preparedness of the national healthcare ecosystem to respond to rising emergencies through constantly deploying breakthrough technologies, advancing the workforce, and foreseeing rising challenges.
Dr. Alsuwaidi stated that, “We at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi are committed to collaborating with our strategic partners, Rabdan Academy, and HMFP, unifying efforts to further advance the Emirate’s preparedness for healthcare emergencies. The collaboration reflects DoH’s commitment to building a future-proof healthcare sector. Through these partnerships, we aim to foster collaborative learning among healthcare professionals to ensure they are equipped to respond in a timely manner to shifting healthcare demands. Such efforts help the Department excel in emergency preparedness, that will safeguard the health and safety of the community during adverse situations.”
In an effort to further solidify Abu Dhabi’s global position as a pioneering healthcare destination, the parties will upskill healthcare workers and organizations in disaster and emergency readiness, build capabilities, and ensure preparedness through training, research and development, workshops, conferences, and seminars. In addition to exchanging scientific materials, publications, and information, as well as providing students with internship programs in various fields. Furthermore, the parties will introduce unique and specialized education in the field of Health Emergency Management for the first time in the region.
Mr. Gregory Ciottone, MD, Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at HMFP and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, remarked that, “We very much look forward to this collaboration that will allow HMFP’s Division of Disaster Medicine to support the innovative initiatives in preparedness and response being implemented in Abu Dhabi. Through this cooperative agreement, we will work closely with the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi and Rabdan Academy to deliver high-quality training programs designed specifically for the emergency preparedness needs of the Emirate.”