Dubai-based Causalius has partnered with Virtual Rehab to devise healthcare solutions around virtual and augmented reality for patients with substance use disorders, as well as the rehabilitation of repeat offenders.
Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, chairman of Causalius, said: "This partnership will open new doors for Causalius as we see increased partnership opportunities within the government and the private sectors in the UAE, in particular, and across the GCC, in general."
To date, Virtual Rehab's technology has been adopted by a number of institutions for its application in education, virtual reality treatment, and rehabilitation. Its application include areas of formal education, vocational training, psychological rehabilitation, and correctional services.
According to figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of drug use disorders within the Eastern Mediterranean region is estimated to be 3,500 per 100,000 population.
Dr. Raji Wahidy, founder & CEO of Virtual Rehab, said: "The UAE has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. This partnership will allow Virtual Rehab along with Causalius to drive further innovation across the healthcare and the corrections industries, which is in-line with the vision set by the UAE's leadership.
"The recent report published by the World Economic Forum ranked the UAE as the second safest place to live in worldwide. Through this partnership, we look to give back to the Emirati society and to further ensure that the UAE maintains its leadership when it comes to safety along with the ongoing commitment to helping the most vulnerable populations out there."