Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Partnerships and medical education key focus for Abu Dhabi delegation

**Tania Paiva, Associate Director of Donor Relations, provided the following update from the most recent delegation's trip to Abu Dhabi.**

A delegation from Children's National arrived in Abu Dhabi late on Saturday evening to participate in several pediatric partnership and medical education meetings over the course of this week.

The Children's National medical team on this trip includes Jill G. Joseph, MD, PhD, Mary Ottolini, MD, and Ellie Hamburger, MD. Also participating in the partnership meetings is Ms. Pam King Sams, the executive vice president for development and chief operating officer for Children's Hospital Foundation at Children's National.

The team began their work with meetings at the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) on Sunday where they met with counterparts, discussing progress on the seven ongoing partnership projects addressing top pediatric health needs in the emirate.

Children's National has partnered with HAAD on seven projects, including obesity/diabetes, asthma/allergy, cardiac newborn screening, injury prevention, developmental disabilities, child health, and fellowships.

On Monday, our team divided their time between partnership meetings at HAAD and visits to local healthcare facilities including Khalifa City A Ambulatory Center and Mafraq Hospital. At Mafraq, discussions focused on the continuum of care, medical education needs and possible opportunities for educational exchange.

Tuesday was another busy day, as some meetings continued at HAAD, and Drs. Ottolini and Hamburger traveled to the city of Al Ain (two hours away from the city of Abu Dhabi, but still in the emirate of Abu Dhabi) and visited Tawam and Al Ain Hospitals, continuing discussions about education.

Today, our delegation wrapped up their meetings in preparation for their departure Thursday morning. Drs. Ottolini and Hamburger had productive discussions around fellowships with physicians and residents at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, while Dr. Joseph visited Al Corniche hospital. Our delegation also met with representatives of Khalifa University and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) this afternoon to further inform our fellowship project with Abu Dhabi.

Our doctors shared that spending time in Abu Dhabi and visiting the healthcare facilities has allowed them to see how similar healthcare needs and care are between our two countries. They have found the experience to be very helpful as they now have a better understanding as to how we can continue our partnership together to improve pediatric health.

--Tania E. Paiva, Associate Director, Donor Relations

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