By Andy Sambidge
National Rehabilitation Centre signs agreement with Harvard-linked McLean Hospital in Boston
The UAE has inked an agreement with a US hospital as part of plans to open a new 200-bed drugs rehabilitation unit in Abu Dhabi in 2014.
The National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) - the national addiction response body in the UAE mandated with rehabilitation and treatment of people addicted to substance abuse - signed a partnership deal with McLean Hospital, based in Boston.
The McLean Hospital is a comprehensive mental healthcare system affiliated with Harvard University.
The partnership agreement is aimed at improving services and rehabilitation programmes in the UAE, the NRC said in a statement on Saturday.
The partnership agreement between NRC and McLean Hospital will lead to the opening of the new NRC building in Abu Dhabi.
Dr Hamad Abdallah Al Ghaferi, NRC director general, said: "This partnership comes as part of the agenda of the Abu Dhabi government to establish centres of excellence that offers to provide international standards of health care locally, and to this end we are pleased to collaborate with McLean Hospital, one of the best psychiatric facilities in the United States."
McLean Hospital sent a high-level delegation to Abu Dhabi in January to lay the foundations for the joint venture action plan and a NRC delegation will visit McLean Hospital soon to attend a range of programmes that focuses on the treatment of addiction to alcohol and drugs in Boston.