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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced the launch of the AWTAAD initiative, which aims to qualify over 120 DHA employees (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, engineers, IT professionals and administration staff to name a few) in project management in healthcare during the forum. 

The initiative aims to develop a project manager’s competency development framework, define the required skills and levels for healthcare project managers, develop a criteria to select and assign project managers to the projects according to the nature of the project, develop a training plan based on the competency gaps, and deliver the training through DHA qualified training staff. 

AWTAAD initiative

The DHA launched the AWTAAD initiative and signed a MoU with The Project Management Institute — UAE Chapter, to train over 120 employees of DHA, on DHA’s Organisational Project Management framework in Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management and Risk Management.
The MoU was signed by His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and Laila Faridoon in her capacity as Chair of The Project Management Institute — UAE Chapter. 

Commenting on the AWTAAD initiative and the Memorandum of Understanding signed to promote the objectives of the initiative; Al Qutami said human capital is the key to the development of the health sector, which is why the DHA harnesses all its efforts and capabilities to develop the skills of its members.
Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Director of Organisational Transformation at the DHA said the forum discussed many topics and held many workshops such as the “innovation in the delivery of diabetes treatment workshop”.
The future of Oncology care in Dubai was also discussed during the forum as it is the third leading cause of death in the UAE after cardiovascular diseases and injuries, and is of high priority on the national health agenda, Dubai Plan 2021. 

Awareness workshop

Meanwhile, the DHA transformation team conducted an interdisciplinary workshop with the aim of increasing awareness among policymakers, strategists, clinicians, scientists, health funding and the wider healthcare and cancer community, about current opportunities and challenges in the delivery of high quality cancer care in Dubai, and highlighted key focus areas and action plans to jointly work on for the future. 

As part of the organisational transformation forum, the prevention and healthy lifestyle programme hosted an interactive session with relevant stakeholders to provide an overview on the strategic objectives and the various initiatives within the programme.