The final day of the first edition of the ECAM Council Forum ‘Building Bridges with Africa and Middle East: The role of Gruppo San Donato and GK Investment Holding Group in the Future of Healthcare’ was dedicated to an historic and timely visit to GSD’s flagship San Raffaele University Hospital in Milan. One of the top hospitals in Italy San Raffaele is affiliated with the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Ministers and Ambassadors were shown around the structure by Vita-Salute University President Paolo Rotelli who provided an overview of the highly specialised multi-disciplinary medical centre. By providing treatment across 50 clinical disciplines, IRCCS San Raffaele hospital is in the unique position to offer specialist care in the most complex patient cases. The Hospital was given IRCCS status by the Italian Government (Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare) for research in molecular medicine and innovative treatments application, such as the gene.
The visit was concluded with a series of bilateral meetings during which the various Health Ministers discussed strategies that will allow for constructive engagement in health care projects that support governments and the opportunity to draft Memorandums of Understanding between parties did much to speed up the reality of achieving a cooperation programme in such areas as training, education and research.
GSD Middle East Chairman Kamel Ghribi concluded the final day of the forum observing: “We have all participated in this timely forum out of a deep aspiration to safeguard our most precious resource – the health of our people. However, our work has only just begun and we must build on this beginning and continue collaborating in the spirit of friendship, fellowship and goodwill long into the future if we truly want to make a difference to the world of tomorrow and to our youth from whom COVID-19 has taken so much already.”