Abu Dhabi

Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination has signed a memorandum of understanding with Faqih Center for Fertility, as part of their active participation in building a healthier society

In building a healthier society, aiming to prevent disabilities and congenital deformities, and to enhance healthcare for individuals with disabilities.

Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination has signed a memorandum of understanding with Faqih Center for Fertility, as part of their active participation in building a healthier society. The main goal of this collaboration is to make significant progress in preventing disabilities and congenital deformities and to improve healthcare for people with disabilities at both the local and international levels. They also aim to cooperate in developing educational materials and programs, as well as participating in international events focusing on people with disabilities.

One of the key aspects of this collaboration is the joint participation in workshops, with a specific focus on fertility services for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, there is cooperation with an external organization specializing in autism research. The Faqih Center for Fertility provides free Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) services to a specific group of children with autism registered with the institution. The center is committed to participating in joint research projects between both parties to further advance knowledge in this field.

"A memorandum of understanding was signed by His Excellency Abdullah Abdulali Al-Humaidan, the Secretary-General of the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and Dr. Michael Fakih, the CEO/Medical Director of Fakih IVF Group, at the center's headquarters. The signing ceremony was attended by a number of leaders from both the organization and the center."

Under this memorandum of understanding, Zayed Higher Organization supports people with disabilities and their families in accessing assisted reproductive services when needed. Faqih Center for Fertility will help organize informative workshops on the reproductive genetic testing program, coordinating with the center's team for effective participation in the project. The center will ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities for treatment. In cases where non-citizens or those not covered by their health insurance need assistance, alternative options and appeal procedures will be explored. The center will also provide free consultation services for people with disabilities to help them obtain financial assistance from support and service centers for treatment.

Faqih Center for Fertility will comprehensively evaluate candidates for assisted reproductive techniques, using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes collecting, examining, treating, and storing samples from the target group within the project. This will involve specialized medical or technical teams. Additionally, they will prepare informed consent forms in line with Zayed Higher's policy and ensure they are signed before collecting the required samples. The center will also facilitate access to reports for Zayed Higher for reference purposes.

Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination expressed its appreciation for the collaboration with Faqih Center for Fertility, a leading center in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the fields of infertility treatment, women's and reproductive health, genetics, and assisted reproductive techniques. The collaboration focuses on preventing disabilities and congenital deformities, marking a proactive step taken by Zayed Higher to not only provide high-quality care and rehabilitation for people with disabilities but also work with specialized entities and engage in practical research to reduce the occurrence of disabilities, especially among newborns in families with people of determination. This is part of their active contribution to creating a healthier society.

The organization aims to leverage advanced scientific research in the age of innovation and adopt scientific methods in delivering its various services, care and rehabilitation programs, and therapeutic sessions for people with disabilities. They highlighted their collaboration with G42 Health Care to implement the UAE Genome Program, which aims to create a reference genome map for people with disabilities and their families through whole exome sequencing (WES). This initiative aims to establish a genetic database for medical and diagnostic purposes, contribute to developing codes for disabilities to mitigate disability occurrence, and ultimately provide exceptional medical services.

Dr. Michael Faqih, CEO and Medical Director of Faqih Center, expressed his appreciation and happiness in signing the memorandum of understanding with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination. He emphasized that this collaboration opens up new horizons between the two parties. Dr. Faqih mentioned that they will strive to ensure that all patients with disabilities receive the most suitable treatment and optimal care, with priority given to them by their medical team with extensive experience in the fields of fertility and genetic disorders.

Both parties will establish a research committee to oversee research plans with the aim of enriching existing health data through genetic analysis of people with disabilities. The research will provide valuable insights into the genetic causes of various disorders and will be utilized in medical and therapeutic fields for the benefit of people with disabilities. The memorandum of understanding also includes expanding opportunities for Zayed Higher's specialists to undergo training at the center, as well as promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration between both parties. Intellectual property rights related to data and research outputs will be managed according to Zayed Higher's policy, with materials to be provided to both parties. They will retain joint intellectual property rights in any publications using program data and will collaborate on various research and statistics.
Page Last Update: 06 November 2023
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