The Arab Association of Urology (AAU) has announced a series of new initiatives, supported by Saudi-based SAJA Pharmaceuticals, to promote effective scientific and training programs to improve the practice of Urology in the region through its education platform, the Arab School of Urology (ASU). The AAU and ASU also pledged to promote numerous public awareness programs for various preventable health issues faced by men and women.
The announcement was made during an event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai where the Dr. Yasser Farahat, Secretary-General of the Arab Association of Urology, and Dr. Mohammed Khalil, CEO of SAJA, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to mark the beginning of the strategic collaboration between the two organizations.
AAU and SAJA have collaborated in the past to promote awareness about various urological health issues and will continue their support for such programs in the future.
Commenting on the MoU signing, Dr. Yasser Farahat, Secretary-General of the Arab Association of Urology of AAU, said, “This strategic collaboration will strengthen our objectives and current mandate for the learning and development of Urologists. It is also going to be a major stepping stone in the learning, development, and community awareness for the field of urology in the Arab world.”
Dr. Mohammed Khalil, CEO of SAJA Pharmaceuticals, said, “SAJA Pharmaceuticals has a long-term vision to promote learning and medicine accessible for all and ensure community reach to diversified therapeutic areas including urology. This is why we are pleased to partner with AAU and ASU to enhance the upskilling of urology professionals and raise awareness about key health issues. Through this partnership, we believe we can facilitate improved quality of care, as well as superior health outcomes for all our patients.”
The AAU, which is the largest urological association in the Middle East and has members from all over the Arab world, founded the ASU in 2017 as its educational platform. ASU’s mission is to provide the knowledge and surgical skills necessary in the urology field through a combination of online education, master classes, live surgery events, and hands-on training.
“The latest science and training programs being introduced at the ASU aim to enable urology professionals to upskill their current knowledge and skill levels by teaching them the latest technologies, practices, and ideas emerging in the field of Urology. We want to help Urologists of the Arab world to continue enhancing and updating what they currently know with the newest discoveries and innovations that are made in the field. Science and medicine are always evolving, and it is our duty to never stop learning to ensure that we give our patients the best possible care,” added Dr. Farahat.
This training opportunity at the ASU will also place an emphasis on creating long-term awareness of key urinary health issues like urinary incontinence Awareness, overactive bladder (OAB), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).