Action on Diabetes (AoD), the leading public-private partnership initiated and funded by Maersk Oil Qatar to tackle diabetes in Qatar, further highlighted its role as one of the leading programmes focused on tackling the condition by bringing GCC Health Week to a close with a second successful screening event.

Organised at Katara Cultural Village, the event saw more than 200 members of the local community screened by diabetes nurses at a mobile clinic on Friday, 6 May.

Healthcare educators also provided recommendations at the clinic on how to reduce the risk of developing diabetes in the future and distributed brochures and educational information on the importance of early detection and tips on living a healthy lifestyle. This follows an equally successful mobile clinic screening event at the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics that took place at the beginning of GCC Health Week.

GCC Health Week is a made up of a week-long series of activities organised by the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC), Qatar Diabetes Association, the Ministry of Interior Medical Services, the Qatar Armed Forces Medical Services and Action on Diabetes to tackle one of the country’s biggest health challenges.

The success of activity during GCC Health Week further demonstrates the commitment and proactive approach of the State of Qatar to developing solutions to combat the increasing prevalence of diabetes. The country is taking clear leadership on tackling the condition and innovating how it addresses healthcare.

Under the framework of the National Health Strategy, the National Diabetes Committee and Ministry of Public Health have developed the Qatar National Diabetes Strategy (QNDS), a new national strategy specifically designed to develop the capabilities and tools necessary to prevent and better manage diabetes in Qatar. Action on Diabetes has played a key role feeding into the strategy, guiding key priorities during its development in 2015.

The success of the screening at Katara is a testament to the considerable progress made by Action on Diabetes in tackling the condition and the health challenges it presents through screening programmes that support awareness, prevention and patient empowerment. To date, more than 35,000 people have been screened for diabetes through AoD’s programmes with more than 1,000 new cases identified.

Such screening activity is a key strand of AoD’s ongoing efforts to tackle diabetes in Qatar both by educating members of the community and those at risk on the factors that contribute to the condition, and empowering them to avoid and manage it through early detection and equipping them with simple steps, tools and advice to safeguard their health.

Commenting on the screening event, Abudullah Al Kuwari, Head of HSE at Maersk Oil Qatar said:

We’re delighted with the continued success of these screening events and of GCC Health Week overall as part of our drive to build awareness and empower the local community to prevent and treat diabetes. At Maersk Oil Qatar, we are ambitious and committed to Qatar for generations to come and determined to make a meaningful contribution to Qatari society through social action programmes such as these. Action on Diabetes demonstrates just what can be achieved when you combine the right mix of partners and expertise. We look forward to continued progress in standing up to diabetes together and thank our strategic partners for their support in making both events happen.’

Herluf Nis Thomsen, Action on Diabetes Programme Manager said:

Events like these play a vitally important part in helping to successfully deliver the ambitions of the Qatar National Diabetes Strategy. We’re focused on equipping the community with the capabilities and tools to prevent and better manage diabetes in Qatar, and steadfast in our commitment to delivering this vital work with our partners.’

Action on Diabetes – initiated and funded by Maersk Oil Qatar – is a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Healthcare Corporation, Qatar Diabetes Association and the world leader in Diabetes care Novo Nordisk.

In the last four years, Action on Diabetes has screened more than 35,000 people for the condition, engaged with thousands of people through awareness campaigns and supported more than 2,000 training opportunities through seven different courses to build capacity and support the professional development of doctors, nurses and diabetes educators including training on the latest techniques in diabetes treatment and support.

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