Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) won the Distinguished Arab Healthcare Organization Award for 2019, and Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, has been awarded the Pioneer Leadership Award in Healthcare for 2019 by the Arab Hospitals Federation during its 21st Annual Forum in Kuwait.
A delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Public Health and HMC was in Kuwait for the annual forum. The two-day conference was held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Dr Basel Hamoud Al Hamad Al Sabah, Kuwait’s Minister of Health.
Ali Abdullah Al Khater, Chair of the Ministry of Public Health’s Healthcare Communications Committee and Chief Communications Officer at HMC, led the Qatar delegation. He said that the annual event brings hundreds of senior healthcare leaders from across the region to discuss the most pressing issues facing the health sector.
HMC participation in high-level meetings like this is part of our commitment to ensure we are able to meet both the evolving healthcare needs of our growing population and our nation’s ambition to be one of the best health systems in the world.’
According to Al Khater, Qatar has created an infrastructure of healthcare services that are recognised as being on par with the best international standards. Gatherings like this ensure that the country remains abreast of the latest developments, the most cutting-edge techniques, and emerging issues and challenges facing the healthcare sector.
Earlier this year Qatar was ranked 5th in the world for health by the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank. Qatar is the only country in the region to score in the top five on the annual prosperity index and the country’s healthcare spending is among the highest in the Middle East.
Mohamad Mubarak Al Noimi, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Minister of Public Health and a member of the Executive Board of the Arab Hospitals Federation, was awarded an Arab Hospitals Federation Golden Medal during the event in recognition of his contribution to the success of the Arab Hospitals Federation.
He said Qatar’s reputation for providing safe, effective, high-quality care is recognised across the region. He noted Qatar’s health sector has much to share and celebrate and has a responsibility to impart its knowledge and experience to help improve the region’s health systems.
Senior officials from HMC led two sessions during the event’s scientific programme – one on building an accountability framework for healthcare institutions and second, on the use of technology in healthcare.
The two-day annual forum also coincided with an exhibition which will provide an integrated platform to share the latest discoveries and techniques in various medical specialties. Both the Ministry of Public Health and HMC are participating in the exhibition.