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Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has signed an agreement allowing medical students from Michigan to travel to Saudi Arabia and students from Saudi Arabia to travel to Michigan for various medical rotations. The Saudi government will also send children from the Kingdom to Children's Hospital of Michigan for treatment.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Health Ministry and the International Association for Organ Donation (IAOD) are pleased to announce a unique partnership brokered under the direction of Dr. Fouad Beydoun, Chairman of the IAOD. Saudi authorities have resources and connections to work with any advanced health care system in the USA and Canada, however; they chose to sign an agreement with the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit despite the fact that city is not a major destination for international patients.

Dr Fouad Beydoun, also an Advisor to the Saudi Minister of Health His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, as Vice Chairman of Harper University and Hutzel Women's Hospital at the Detroit Medical Center, introduced this premier Michigan institution to the Kingdom's Health Minster which has led to an invaluable partnership which will contribute to the economy of South East Michigan and herald the flow of international patients to this area.

In addition to patient care, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health have signed an agreement allowing medical students from Michigan to travel to Saudi Arabia and students from Saudi Arabia to travel to Michigan for various medical rotations. The Saudi government will also send children from the Kingdom to Children's Hospital of Michigan for treatment.

Dr. Herman Gray, president of Children's Hospital, said the agreement allows the hospital to establish "a friendly working relationship with Saudi Health Minister and pediatric surgeon HE Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, a pediatric surgeon and international leader for separating conjoined twins.

Dr. Beydoun is a well known international health care figure bridging academic and medical opportunities between the United States and the Gulf Region. His contributions in organ transplant, health care advancement, academic collaboration, and cancer research have brought much focus to SE Michigan. His efforts continued to promote global partnerships and bring economic opportunity to the region.

Since the organization’s inception in 1999, the International Association for Organ Donation (a 501 c (3) non-profit organization), has been active in organ, tissue, and bone marrow donations in the minority communities of southeast Michigan and has enrolled almost 9,000 people to the Michigan Donor Registry. The IAOD is committed to continuing our efforts to educate as many individuals as possible concerning the enormous need for organ donors. http://www.iaod.org

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