Through research, policy, and programmatic collaborations with Middle East and North Africa (MENA) leaders, scientists, educators, and physicians, Children’s National advances innovative ideas and approaches that will improve the lives of children.

Research and development of premier medical programs for children

Children’s National physicians are dedicated to the idea that the severity of childhood disease, especially those that lead to complications in adulthood, may be more successfully treated or even prevented through early identification and treatment. This vision is shared by health leaders in the MENA region and has resulted in ground breaking partnerships with government agencies, universities, and health care providers that develop and pilot research and clinical programs of mutual benefit.

  • The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington, DC. This institute, the first in the world to focus on making surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free for children, was made possible through an ongoing partnership with the government of Abu Dhabi.
  • Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program: In cooperation with local hospitals, Children’s National and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) implemented a critical congenital heart disease screening program that has screened 50,000 newborn babies and detected 21 children with undiagnosed critical congenital heart disease in the United Arab Emirates since its inception in 2011.

Health policy and program development to enhance child welfare

Children’s National collaborates with governmental authorities such as HAAD to develop and update robust healthcare policy for children in identified areas of mutual concern for the children. Specialty topics include:

  • The "well child" continuum of care that includes prenatal care, well child visits, and school health services
  • Obesity, diabetes, and school nutrition
  • Prenatal genetic screening and pre-screening for children
  • Asthma and asthma management
  • Injury prevention and car seat advocacy, together with SafeKids Worldwide, an organization founded by Children’s National physicians.
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