Enriching Healthcare Capabilities: Nebras – A UAE Project Empowering Nurses and Midwives in Research

By Harshad Hussain

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) in the United Arab Emirates has unveiled an innovative and transformative healthcare initiative, known as the ‘NEBRAS’ program, in a groundbreaking partnership with Pfizer. This visionary endeavor sets its sights on elevating the expertise of nursing and midwifery professionals, empowering them to embrace the realm of scientific research closely aligned with the nation’s health priorities. By fostering a culture of empowerment and emphasizing the pivotal role of research in nursing and midwifery, the Nebras Initiative emerges as a remarkable leap forward in advancing healthcare excellence throughout the UAE.

Launching Nebras: A Commitment to Progress
The Nebras Initiative, launched by MoHAP in partnership with Pfizer, is a pivotal element of the National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery (2022-2026). Dr. Sumaya Mohamed Al Blooshi, Head of the National Committee for Nursing and Midwifery at MoHAP, underscores the significance of this program, stating, “We are determined to establish a healthcare system that corresponds to the mandates of the UAE’s vision for the next fifty years.” This demonstrates MoHAP’s commitment to leadership and the adoption of best practices to strengthen and sustain the health system. By prioritizing nursing and midwifery, the Nebras Initiative aims to provide specialized and indispensable care for all community members.
The Nebras Initiative places a strong emphasis on fostering a culture of scientific research and evidence-based practice in nursing and midwifery. Dr. Al Blooshi explains, “This initiative supports the completion of priority research studies mandated by the National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery, informing national strategic plans and projects with study findings and recommendations.” By promoting research, the Nebras Initiative not only enhances the status of nursing and midwifery professions but also contributes to the development of scientific knowledge and standards. This initiative also encourages young talent to consider nursing and midwifery as career options and pursue specialization in these fields. By doing so, the UAE ensures a skilled and specialized workforce for the future.

“This initiative suppos the completion of priority research studies mandated by the National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery, informing national strategic plans and projects with study findings and recommendations.”
Dr. Sumaya Mohammed Al Blooshi
Director of Nursing- Emirates Health Services Head of the National Committee for Nursing and midwifery Affairs- Ministry of Health and Prevention

National Mentorship Program: Guiding the Way
At the heart of the Nebras Initiative lies a national mentorship program designed to guide nursing and midwifery professionals in their research endeavors. The program invites research experts to serve as mentors, while nurses and midwives are encouraged to submit their research ideas as mentees. Dr. Al Blooshi explains, “The program will provide a platform for nurses and midwives across the UAE to submit their research ideas and apply as mentees.” Accepted mentees will be paired with mentors to create a tailored mentorship plan within an integrated digital platform. This initiative aims to inspire and support healthcare professionals in their pursuit of scientific research and evidence-based practice. Through mentorship, the Nebras Initiative ensures that aspiring researchers receive guidance and support from experienced professionals, fostering a collaborative and innovative research environment.

Reinforcing Governance and Strategic Objectives
The Nebras Initiative stands as a beacon of progress, harmoniously aligning with the strategic objectives of the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy (2022-2026), duly approved by the Cabinet. This comprehensive strategy envisions reinforcing the governance of the nursing and midwifery profession through the implementation of professional organizational policies and practices. Embodying a profound commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the strategy endeavors to ensure effective planning and management of the nursing and midwifery workforce, fostering the delivery of healthcare services of the highest quality. The Nebras Initiative assumes a pivotal role in this transformative journey, nurturing a culture of excellence and innovation within nursing and midwifery practices.
Driven by the visionary National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery, the Nebras Initiative shines as a transformative force in the UAE’s healthcare landscape. Embracing the power of scientific research, the initiative nurtures budding talents through dedicated mentorship programs, empowering healthcare professionals to contribute to the advancement of healthcare in the nation. With unwavering dedication, strategic partnerships amplify the impact of the Nebras Initiative, affirming the significance of public-private collaborations in driving transformative outcomes in healthcare.

United in Purpose
Pfizer, a key partner in the Nebras Initiative, acknowledges the vital role nurses play in clinical research and strengthening healthcare systems. Dr. Nadine Tracha, Pfizer Gulf Medical Director, states, “Pfizer has a long heritage of supporting the development of health and nursing policies around the world.” The collaboration with MoHAP demonstrates Pfizer’s commitment to advancing nursing practices and supporting the National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery. By strengthening education, development, management, and clinical practice in healthcare, this partnership aims to enhance the role of nurses in contributing to the UAE’s healthcare system. The support from Pfizer further emphasizes the importance of fostering collaborations between public and private entities to achieve transformative outcomes in healthcare.
Together, MoHAP, Pfizer, and other stakeholders shape a future where nursing and midwifery professions radiate excellence, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to providing high-quality care to the community. With the Nebras Initiative igniting a passion for research and continuous improvement, nursing and midwifery professionals are poised to elevate healthcare standards, leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s healthcare landscape. As the UAE strides confidently towards its vision of progressive and patient-centric healthcare, the Nebras Initiative stands as a testament to the power of collective dedication and shared purpose in achieving transformative excellence.
The Nebras Initiative is more than a program; it is a luminous manifestation of the UAE’s commitment to nurturing a healthcare ecosystem where nurses and midwives stand at the forefront of progress, empowered to shape a brighter and healthier future for all.