Medical Laser in Hand of Doctor During Operation. Representational Image.
Medical Laser in Hand of Doctor During Operation. Representational Image. Pavel Danilyuk/

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) and the Authority of Social Contribution - Ma'an, which is a government channel to receive social contributions, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to raise funds for healthcare research and development in Abu Dhabi.

The MoU was signed during the Arab Health 2024 event, which is being held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, in the presence of the Chairman of the DoH Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori and the Chairman of the Department of Community Development Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili.

The agreement was signed by the Undersecretary of the DoH Dr. Noura Khamis Al Ghaithi and the Director General of the Authority of Social Contribution - Ma'an Salama Al Ameemi.

The initiative will prioritize supporting research and innovation in several fields such as cancer, rare diseases, infectious diseases, nervous system diseases, drug discoveries and research based on big medical data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

"We continue to work with our partners to cement Abu Dhabi's position as an incubator for innovation. We appreciate the Authority for Social Contribution (Ma'an)'s eagerness to share our goals and enable us to establish an innovative system in the healthcare sector," Al Ghaithi said, WAM reported.

She noted that the aim is to improve the health and well-being of community members in Abu Dhabi as well as the healthcare system and the quality and availability of its services. It strives to achieve this objective by enhancing research and innovation, expanding clinical research and developing intellectual property innovations in the nation.

Al Ameemi, on the other hand, expressed her joy over this collaboration with DoH, noting that this partnership is aimed at "supporting the development of sustainable solutions to health priorities that concern the community – a key component of Ma'an's objectives."

The agreement aligns with Ma'an's framework to improve healthcare accessibility in the community. It supports initiatives promoting health and wellness, in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The efforts address community priorities in health, environment, infrastructure, and education by empowering third-sector institutions for innovative solutions, particularly in scientific research and healthcare sector development.

Al Ameemi noted that she is looking forward to "providing innovative opportunities to promote scientific research and solidify Abu Dhabi's global standing in this domain."

Arab Health 2024, the largest medical exhibition in the Middle East, has been held at the Dubai World Trade Center.