Dubai: The Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) has been designated the AAHCI Regional Office for The Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) for a two-year period beginning 1st July 2023, according to a statement from the Alliance of Academic Health Centres International (AAHCI).
The AAHCI MENA Regional Office will continue to be housed at the American University of Beirut Medical Center up until June 2023. The appointment of MBRU as the regional centre for academic health is a significant turning point in the development of Dubai’s First Academic Health System, stated Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, AAHCI MENA Regional Ambassador and Chief Academic Officer of the Dubai Academic Health Corporation (DAHC). The goal of the system is to improve lives and shape the future of health through the integration of care, learning, and discovery.
Since joining AAHCI in 2021, MBRU has sponsored its most recent regional conference, which had the title Transforming Academic Health Centres: Innovation and Resilience, in October 2022. As the new AAHCI Regional Office, MBRU intends to develop a cogent strategy to encourage efficient solutions in five areas: Evolving Clinical Care: Transforming the Patient Experience, Investment in Biomedical Research, Resilience of Academic Health Centres, Adaptations in Health Professions and Medical Education, Partnerships and Community Outreach.
“Improvements in healthcare rarely occur in isolation. The challenges patients are facing in the region are being tackled by healthcare organisations across the globe. Every member of MENA AAHCI brings something valuable to the table. As the AAHCI Regional Office, we intend to leverage the strengths and expertise of each AAHCI member to expand knowledge and rapidly integrate medical advances into clinical practice and community outreach programs,” Professor Alawi stated.
“As Regional Ambassador, I’d like to officially invite healthcare organisations in the MENA region to join AAHCI. A well-coordinated, collaborative approach to solving today’s pressing challenges is essential to improve the health and vitality of the communities we serve,” the Professor added.