Dubai Healthcare City Sponsors Three Therapists at Dubai Autism Center

Published April 20th, 2008 - 01:00 GMT

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), a member of Tatweer, today announced it has joined hands with Dubai Autism Centre to sponsor three of its therapists for the period of 2008, as part of its commitment to raise awareness on autism and enhance the services offered to children diagnosed  with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The therapists, Mohammed Ali Ftieha, Rabab Abdelwahab and Ana Slovana Yordana, have demonstrated outstanding ability in generating knowledge and adopting innovative approaches to complex autism disorders.

Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City, said: “The joint initiative by DHCC and Dubai Autism Center, one of the most comprehensive non-profit organizations in the UAE, underlines the serious need to address challenges faced by those affected by the disorder. It also acknowledges the tireless efforts of humanitarian organizations to help families cope with the malady.

“Demand for focused and personalized care has risen sharply with a rapid increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism. Through the sponsorship initiative, we are confident our joint efforts will contribute to enabling individuals with autism and help them integrate more holistically into the community.”

Autism, a brain development disorder, impairs social interaction and communication, causing restricted and repetitive behavior before a child is three years old.

Current statistics show that one in every 146 children in the region is affected by autism spectrum disorder, which is becoming more prevalent than Down’s Syndrome, infancy cancer, blindness or deafness.

In its endeavor to serve the community with the excellence in healthcare, research and education, Dubai Healthcare City has already initiated pioneering steps in collaboration with the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research.  The foundation recently announced grants for two research collaborations between labs at Harvard Medical School and in the Middle East and also made two research fellowship awards to post-doctoral researchers. In addition, the foundation also conducted an education program on autism..

Dr. Christopher A. Walsh, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Genetics at Children’s Hospital in Boston, and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said: “The Dubai Autism Center is doing commendable work as an enabling centre for families faced with issues related to the disorder. I am pleased to learn about DHCC’s support to the institution, which will undoubtedly further their success in providing valued services. We are grateful to DHCC for its interest and collaboration in our research efforts to better understand the causes of autism.”

Relying largely on donations, the Dubai Autism Center currently caters to 43 children aged 2 to 10 years through a variety of programs. It offers early detection and diagnosis along with educational and rehabilitation initiatives, in addition to hosting seminars and lectures by specialists in autism disorders.

Mohammad Al-Emadi Director General and Board Member of Dubai Autism Center, said: “We are grateful to DHCC for volunteering to pay a full year’s salary to the Speech Unit Staff. As a non-profit organization, all our activities are based solely on donations. DHCC’s noble gesture has touched an emotional chord in every staff member at Dubai Autism Center.
“DHCC has led by example, and we are confident more organizations will consider such contributions as part of their corporate social responsibility activities.”
Last October, the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research in collaboration with DHCC, hosted ‘Specialty Practi-Med: Mental Health’, a continuing medical education program for healthcare professionals to review latest developments in the diagnosis and management of mental health disorders, including autism. Through various initiatives, DHCC continues to reinforce its commitment to excellence in medical care, while raising awareness on debilitating conditions prevalent in the region.

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) was conceived with the objective of creating a regional center of excellence for medical services, medical education, and life science research and development in the Middle East. It is the world’s first healthcare free zone and was created using a phased approach.
The first phase, which is 4.1 million square feet in size, features a medical cluster comprised of day clinics, diagnostic centers, rehabilitation centers, transplantation centers, hospitals, clinics and a sector for pharmaceutical and equipment suppliers. It is home to the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Centre with the integration of its entities; the Harvard Medical School Dubai Centre (HMSDC)- Institute for Postgraduate Education and Medical research, the University Teaching Hospital (UH) and the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical research (DHFMR) and Al Maktoum Harvard Medical Library. Some of the medical cluster's other renowned partners are Mayo Clinic, AstraZeneca, Harvard Medical International, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Centre, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Consultant Phsicians (AUB), Fresenius Medical Care, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, BU Dental, Moorfields Eye Hospital, The City Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Wyeth, Smith & Nephew, Sanofi Aventis, Swiss Academy of Scientific Acupuncture, Yateem Group, Dragger Medical, Alvi Armani, dr. Nicolas & ASP and the German Heart Center.
The second phase will feature a dedicated wellness cluster comprised of wellness centers, nutrition centers, resorts and spas,  and sports medicine facilities.
About Tatweer:
Launched in December 2005, Tatweer is one the region’s most dynamic enterprises and a member of Dubai Holding. Comprising 10 market-leading brands, it oversees an ambitious business development plan.
Its current portfolio is divided into Energy & Healthcare, Tourism & Entertainment, and Industry & Real Estate offerings. Its entities include Dubai Healthcare City, the region's hub for world-class quality healthcare services; Mizin, one of the most advanced real estate companies in the region; “Universal City Dubailand”, the 22 million sq ft development, featuring Universal Studios Dubailand as its centerpiece; “The Tiger Woods - Dubai”, an exclusive golf community that will include the first Tiger Woods designed golf course; Dubailand, one of the biggest leisure, entertainment and tourism destinations in the Middle East; Dubai Industrial City, an industrial township to develop Dubai as a leading manufacturing hub; Bawadi, the world’s leading hospitality and entertainment project hosting 51 luxury hotels and more than 60,000 hotel rooms; Dubai Energy, investing in regional and global energy opportunities and building a diversified investment portfolio; Dubai Mercantile Exchange, the first energy futures exchange in the Middle East set up in partnership with the New York Mercantile Exchange and Global Village, a premier family  destination for culture, entertainment, cuisine and commerce.
Tatweer’s entities continue to consolidate a group of life-improving industries in addition to pioneering joint venture initiatives with leading global conglomerates. They continuously strive for world-class performance, while implementing leadership development to drive and sustain business excellence, quality and high performance.



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