HMC Hosts 2nd MENA Regional Summit of Association of Academic Health Centers International

Doha, – Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), recently hosted the 2nd AAHCI Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Summit.

The event featured a cadre of local and international experts in the fields of clinical care, health professions education and research, which are all areas that are integral to academic health centers.

The meeting was inaugurated by HE Minister of Public Health and Managing Director of HMC, Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, who was instrumental in launching Qatar’s national academic health system in 2011. The 2nd AAHCI MENA Regional Summit was supported by the World Innovation for Health Summit (WISH) which is a Qatar Foundation initiative.

Speaking at the event, HE . Dr. Al Kuwari praised the achievements generated under HMC’s longstanding partnership with the AAHCI and reiterated HMC’s commitment to developing the academic health concept locally in Qatar as well as regionally. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to the ideals of academic health and in our desire to work closely with the AAHCI and other regional academic centers in the Middle East,” said HE Dr. Al Kuwari. “The development of an integrated Academic Health System underpins our determination to meet the healthcare challenges of Qatar’s growing population and aligns with the aspiration of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.” The AAHCI is a member-based organization founded in 2008 as a subsidiary to the US-based Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). AAHCI is the only global organization representing the education, research and population health missions of fully developed and developing academic health centers, systems and networks. “It has indeed been a privilege to work with Her Excellency, Hamad Medical Corporation, and our colleagues in the region,” said Dr. Steven A. Wartman, President and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers. “The progress that is being made is remarkable and I look forward to an exceptionally bright future.” Since 2014, HMC has been the host of the AAHCI MENA Regional Office, one of several regional offices established to represent the Association’s international members and provide a framework for a coordinated and cohesive system-wide approach to addressing the needs of existing and new AACHI members.

The 2nd AAHCI MENA meeting in Doha represented an important opportunity for academic health leaders to chart the direction of future collaborative health initiatives in the region and discuss local, regional and national health priorities.

Source: Qatar News Agency