Dubai Partnership

The HMS Center in Dubai served as a collaborative research, training, and policy hub to address some of the most pressing health care challenges in the U.A.E., the region, and the world.


Improving Health Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes

Working in tandem with faculty, staff, and students inAl Jalila Medical Center Boston, the HMS Center in Dubai was a pivotal extension of the School's commitment to alleviating human suffering caused by diseases worldwide. The hub in Dubai enabled the HMS Center to focus on a critical step in health care delivery—using known technologies and approaches to implement high-quality health care delivery in capacity- and resource-limited settings. Countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, face significant challenges to improve patient health and well-being, particularly for preventable and treatable diseases. Dubai Healthcare City provided an important operational base to embark on such complex health interventions.
The Center’s hub enabled Harvard faculty, fellows, and staff teams in Dubai Healthcare City and Boston to collaborate with local and regional partners on research, education, and training programs.   
Attendees of the March 2016 Global Surgery Symposium pose outside the
Maktoum Academic Medical Center, which houses the HMS Center for Global Health Delivery—Dubai

The Center’s activities in Dubai served as a regional hub to:

  • Focus on diabetes, obesity, infectious diseases, mental health, and access to surgical care.
  • Educate and train the next generation of scholars and practitioners through fellowship programs, scholarships, research awards, internships, and coursework.
  • Conduct and publish research on innovative approaches to addressing critical health issues and improving global health delivery.
  • Formulate, discuss, and analyze policies through workshops, conferences, and events that provide practitioners with the systems and tools to alleviate human suffering.