Press release signature Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Council of Health and Institut Pasteur:-
On January 6, 2016, the Supreme Council of Health represented by HE Mr Abdallah bin Khaled AL QAHTAN minister of public health, and Institut Pasteur represented by Professor Christian BRECHOT, Director General, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop cooperation and research in the areas of infectious diseases and immunology, in the presence of HE Eric CHEVALLIER Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar. This Memorandum was developed with inputs from related sectors including department of Public health, HMC, Qatar Foundation, Qatar University.
HE Mr Abdallah bin Khaled AL QAHTANI said “this Memorandum will strengthen collaboration in health services by encouraging collaborative approach in education, training and research. We are looking for tangible results that benefits both parties as this is a 5 years MOU. SCH is proud of establishing an international networking with prominent institutes such as PI and its network that enables exploration of new horizons for advancement of knowledge on all levels”
Prof. BRECHOT said “I am particularly proud to sign this agreement with The Supreme Council of Health. The signature of the MoU is most timely. It is taking place at the very moment team leaders of Pasteur Institute are gathering in Paris with Directors of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and of Qatar National Research Fund to define a scientific cooperation consistent with the epidemiological reality of the region and the needs of the people of Qatar. Institut Pasteur is organizing, in March and June 2016 two training sessions, accessible not only to physicians but to all medical staff to mark the urgency of the topics we are tackling together with the Ministry of Public Health, such as the MERS-Corona virus and outbreak investigation.”
HE Eric CHEVALLIER, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar declared “I am very happy to witness this event today because it was a priority of my term in Qatar and because we all have worked hard for this project at the French Embassy. I am convinced that the MoU signed today between the Ministry of Public Health and Institut Pasteur, a recognized world leader Institute in infectious diseases based in Paris, will lead to synergistic actions in education, in research and in the diagnosis of infectious disease, a topic of utmost importance for the population of Qatar. This MOU is intended to be the first step to further actions to be developed on the long term on the investigation on infectious diseases and other health issues of importance for the region”.
The Institut Pasteur
Founded in 1887 and based in France, the Institut Pasteur is an international research institute of excellence with a mission to advance science, medicine and public health. The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation with recognized charitable status entrusted with four core missions of public interest – Research, Education, Public Health, and Valorization of scientific research via technology transfer and industrial partnerships.
The Paris campus gathers 2,400 people working side by side, of which 1,500 scientists (researchers, engineers, students), within 11 departments and 130 research units supported by state of the art technical core facilities.
The Institut Pasteur lies at the heart of an International Network of 32 institutes based in 25 countries spanning every continent (Institut Pasteur International Network). The network is actively involved in infectious disease surveillance, working closely with national and international health authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) by providing a front-line response against emerging, re-emerging and endemic infectious diseases.