World Health Organisation honors Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor,
Gulf Medical University with the “Health Worker Recognition Award”
- First recipient in the category of Medical Education.
- Recognized as outstanding pioneer in driving improvements in the education of health professionals.
Ajman, UAE: Bringing laurels back home, Professor Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, Gulf Medical University, became the very first recipient of the “Health Worker Recognition Award” conferred by Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of World Health Organisation (WHO). Prof. Hossam Hamdy has been internationally acknowledged for his outstanding academic contributions to transforming medical and health professions education in the region.
The year 2021 is designated by WHO as the International Year of Health and Care Workers, on this occasion WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean has recognized and appreciated the untiring efforts and services of all health workers, especially in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
An active Pediatric Surgeon, a well renowned researcher, and a catalyst in the field of medical education, Prof. Hossam Hamdy has actively contributed to the advancement of health professions education for the last 40 years in the region. He has contributed to the development of Medical profession in Egypt, Bahrain, UAE and Several countries in the EMRO region. with career spanning across different senior academic and administrative positions. Currently he is successfully handling the leadership mantle as a Chancellor at Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE. At the heart of his efforts has always been a desire to improve the quality of Medical Education.
Declaring the Winners of Health Worker Recognition Awards, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization and Dr. Ahmed Al Mandahari WHO General Director EMRO, said, “This year WHO is ensuring its commitment towards the need to invest in health workers and showing gratitude to their unwavering efforts. We are reinforcing that message by creating a new Eastern Mediterranean Health Workers Recognition Awards and it is my great pleasure to announce Prof. Hossam Hamdy as the first recipient of this prestigious award in the category of Medical education. ”
Receiving the award, visibly jubilant Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, Gulf Medical University said, “I am honored to receive this award and accepting it on behalf of my students, and fellow academicians, my work would not have been possible without a wide range of collaborators. It goes without a saying that the WHO recognition will have a huge impact on the advancement of Health Professions education in UAE and the region. Research and innovation will be integral to the students’ learning experience, next generation physicians should be competent in treating the next generation of patients while maintaining the health of the population and I will continue actively contributing towards this transformation. This pandemic has made us realize that health professional, students and teachers can have an important role in conquering the COVId-19 Pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for public health within the United Nations system. The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is one of WHO’s 6 regional offices around the world. It serves the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, which comprises 21 Member States and occupied Palestinian territory (including East Jerusalem), with a population of nearly 679 million people.
Gulf Medical University (GMU) established in 1998 is a leading medical university in the Gulf region. GMU offers Medical and Health Professional Education in the field of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Anesthesia & Surgical Technology, and Medical Imaging Sciences. GMU offers postgraduate programs in Public Health, Clinical Pathology. In addition, the university also offers Short Term Certificate Courses for Health workforce development and career enhancement. GMU differentiates itself having its own network of hospitals, clinics, and institutes.