The Dasman Diabetes Institute and the Ministry of Health in Kuwait have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and Aridhia Informatics. The MoU will allow all partners to further explore opportunities to jointly develop education, clinical networks and informatics proposals linked to improving health care in Kuwait, with an initial focus on diabetes.

The signing of this MoU was also attended by H.E. Dr. Hilal Al Sayer, Minister of Health in Kuwait as well as Mr. Paul Gaskell, Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. Duncan Hoyland, Head of Trade & Investment from the British Embassy in Kuwait.

Dr. Kazem Behbehani, Director of the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait, said, “The Dasman Diabetes Institute and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health have led productive discussions with our Scottish partners throughout this year which has led us to signing this agreement. We are excited about the development of this partnership, and are convinced it will deliver real benefits to Kuwait and Scotland.”

“We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with our Kuwaiti partners,” said Professor John Connell, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. “We have substantial experience and expertise across Tayside in diabetes research, care and management and we think we have a lot to offer the people of Kuwait in terms of developing this innovative partnership to tackle the disease.”

The Dasman Diabetes Institute and the Ministry of Health in Kuwait have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and Aridhia Informatics. The MoU will allow all partners to further explore opportunities to jointly develop education, clinical networks and informatics proposals linked to improving health care in Kuwait, with an initial focus on diabetes.

The signing of this MoU was also attended by H.E. Dr. Hilal Al Sayer, Minister of Health in Kuwait as well as Mr. Paul Gaskell, Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. Duncan Hoyland, Head of Trade & Investment from the British Embassy in Kuwait.

Dr. Kazem Behbehani, Director of the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait, said, “The Dasman Diabetes Institute and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health have led productive discussions with our Scottish partners throughout this year which has led us to signing this agreement. We are excited about the development of this partnership, and are convinced it will deliver real benefits to Kuwait and Scotland.”

“We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with our Kuwaiti partners,” said Professor John Connell, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. “We have substantial experience and expertise across Tayside in diabetes research, care and management and we think we have a lot to offer the people of Kuwait in terms of developing this innovative partnership to tackle the disease.”

Work has already begun on a foundation phase for the partnership with a number of clinical workshops involving representatives of the Amiri Hospital and four Primary Healthcare Centres in Kuwait who are involved in a pilot project to build an informatics base using existing data. This will be used to establish, as a first step, a comprehensive register of diabetic patients. This work, led by Aridhia Informatics, has implemented a new generation of informatics capability to create a world class platform to support the quality improvement of health care, re-configuration of health services and optimal care of patients with chronic diseases.

Such a system of electronic record linkage makes it possible to identify patients already diagnosed as diabetic and also, by using data from laboratory and prescribing systems, identify people who may have undiagnosed diabetes.

A clinical steering group has also already been established in Kuwait by the partners with the intent of developing plans to implement a range of educational, clinical network and informatics proposals.

The MOU signing took place at the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait on 18th October, 2010.