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Emirates creates platform to train one million doctors worldwide

This measure contributes to improving the skills of these professionals and allows them to learn how to deal "efficiently and effectively" with the current health crisis
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai

PHOTO/ARCHIVO  -   Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai

Teamwork is the fuel of any kind of advance. The United Arab Emirates is aware of this and has therefore launched an initiative to train one million doctors to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gulf country has designed an application that can be accessed by any doctor around the world and learned through a series of webinars, which are mainly related, given the circumstances, to the spread of the coronavirus. 

Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, has highlighted the importance of having initiatives such as Waterfalls in the country, which has been designed under the supervision of the team of Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of the interior.

The main purpose of this initiative is to train and empower nearly one million medical professionals worldwide, including nurses, paramedics, technicians, health experts and hospital administrators, among others, through specialized sessions and training workshops. This measure contributes to improving the skills of these professionals and allows them to advance in their work to "efficiently and effectively" address the current health crisis. 

The Emirates has reported that more than 140 doctors, experts and specialists, as well as 67 international scientific, medical and academic institutions were involved in the development and provision of educational content for this platform. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced the launch of this application through the social network Twitter. "The UAE is launching a global application to provide specialized training to one million people in the medical sector worldwide, remotely, in an initiative that represents the human legacy of the state's founder, Sheikh Zayed," he said. 

Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum lanza una inicitiva que brinda formación especializada a un millón de personas del sector médico en todo el mundo
PHOTO - Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum launches an initiative that provides specialized training to one million people in the medical sector worldwide

By launching this application, the Gulf country is contributing to the global effort to empower the global health sector by positioning itself in this area. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that "the Waterfalls initiative is a gift from the UAE to the world's health and medical centres, through which we put a summary of science and advanced medical training into their hands". The Emirates believes that the best way to tackle this crisis is by "joining global efforts". "This initiative is part of the UAE's contribution to the battle against humanity's first enemy," he said. 

During his speech - picked up by several local media in the country - he pointed out that "health workers have proven to be a national asset in all countries" and stressed the need to "strengthen their capacities to face the battle of the COVID-19 with more efficiency, greater determination and new tools". 

What is Waterfalls? 

Waterfalls are the result of months and months of work. This global initiative aims to provide continuing education to health workers around the world, who represent the first line of defense against COVID-19.  This platform is aimed at one million people working in 14 health and humanitarian sectors who will be able to access a continuous distance education program, consisting of conferences, seminars, educational sessions and specialized training workshops, in webinar format to allow them to continue learning in the current circumstances. 

The content will cover some of the main topics in the various fields of medicine, pharmacy, nutrition, public health, nursing, dentistry and hospital management, as well as other more specialized topics. Upon completion of the course they will obtain a certificate of training and accredited hours from the international scientific and academic bodies involved in the initiative, and will be able to benefit from it in their field of work.