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GHI signs agreement for augmented reality solutions for global health capacity building

​​ ​Office of Communications,​​​​

AUB's Global Health Institute (GHI) and Proximie signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on October 8, 2019 in the presence of Dr. Shadi Saleh, founding director of GHI, and Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram, co-founder of Proximie, a global augmented reality (AR) platform that improves health provision through knowledge-sharing.

The main purpose of the MoU is to collaborate and jointly develop the first AR-delivered global health training within GHI's capacity-building initiatives. This collaboration will help assess the effectiveness and impact of the use of AR solutions for global health capacity building in low resources and conflict settings.

“GHI is the first global health institute to apply such advanced training methodology within its curricula", said Dr. Shadi Saleh. “This private sector-academic institution collaboration will secure access to the platform and licenses to all trainers and trainees in the capacity building initiative of the institute, starting with the Center for Research in the Ecology of War (CREEW) fellowship program", he added.

"We are delighted to sign a memorandum of understanding with GHI and look forward to working with them further in delivering an effective training program using our augmented reality capabilities to provide solutions to the workforce challenges they are facing," stated Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram. "This type of collaboration fits closely with Proximie's ethos that everyone should benefit from the same high-quality healthcare and training opportunities, no matter where they live."

The global health workforce is facing systemic challenges including, and not limited to, health workforce shortages, skill-mix imbalances and limited access to continued education. The agreement pours into the critical need for the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as the Global South, to develop and evaluate alternative and innovative learning modalities that would support the training and deployment of an able health workforce.

The GHI addresses global health challenges, with a focus on context and sustainable impact, by employing an interdisciplinary approach. Through its capacity building division, GHI Academy, GHI has initiated multiple capacity building initiatives that adopt innovative learning modalities and pedagogic approaches.

Proximie is a global augmented reality platform that serves health facilities, medical service providers, and health training institutions and organizations. It improves communication and the ability to share knowledge, enabling real-time, hands-on support and improving access to effective training. 

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