A cooperative agreement signed in January by HMS and the Dubai Healthcare City Authority not only established the HMS Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai but also signaled support for the center’s mission: to increase local and regional health delivery research capacity, and, by extension, improve the health of the people living in Dubai and throughout the United Arab Emirates.
The new health research and training center will address some of the more pressing health challenges in Dubai and the region, expanding Dubai’s role as a global hub for scientific and policy discussions related to health care delivery. Funding for the center will be provided by a four-year grant from the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research.
“We are privileged to partner with our colleagues in Dubai to generate best practices in global health delivery and to transform these practices into improved health outcomes in Dubai, the region, and the world,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, HMS dean.
The new center, directed by Salmaan Keshavjee, an HMS associate professor of global health and social medicine and director of the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, will be based at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai Healthcare City, a medical center campus.
Her Excellency Raja Al Gurg, vice-chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, attended the signing ceremony. “The work of the center,” she said,“will support our long-term commitment to improving the health of all communities within Dubai and enhance our opportunities to lead the region in advancing health care research and delivery.”
The new center will allow HMS, working with researchers and care providers from the health authorities in the UAE, to stimulate research and education aimed at improving health care capacity in such areas as surgical outcomes, treatments for diabetes and obesity, treatments for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis C, and mental health disorders.
The activities of the center also aim to strengthen the research environment in Dubai, the UAE, and the region and to contribute to regional social and economic development. The center will expand training capabilities for regional faculty and students but will not provide patient care.
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