Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is this week holding its fourth ‘Youth Diabetes Challenge’ Camp, targeting young patients living with Type 1 Diabetes.

The Camp, which began on Sunday, is taking place at the Barzan Youth Center, and for the very first time, it has united 36 participants aged between 12 to 15 years old from Qatar and other GCC nations. The young people are taking part in a variety of sports, educational, religious and leisure activities, in addition to attending special workshops for self- empowerment and talent development.

A professional team of experts, coaches, nutritionists and educators are on hand at the Camp until Thursday, and intend to enhance participants’ skills in self-care and diabetes management.

Dr Abdullah Al Hamaq, Executive Director at QDA, said:

Our aim for the ‘Youth Diabetes Challenge’ Camp this week is to empower young people affected by diabetes, help them control the disease and limit its damage through educational and moral support. We also want them to understand the importance of their role in society and encourage them to engage with others, as well as develop their personalities.’

In addition, he expressed his appreciation and thanks to the Barzan Youth Center for its cooperation in hosting the Camp for the third time, and to the Camp’s official sponsor Dolphin Energy. Al Hamaq also thanked the GCC participants for their presence, in addition to their respective schools for recognising the importance of educating children about diabetes as well as the benefits to leading healthy and productive lives.

The National Council for Culture Arts and Heritage, Tomoh For Voluntary Work Management, Lekhwiya and Awsaj Recreation Recreation at Qatar Foundation have all been contributing to the Camp.

Manager of the ‘Youth Diabetes Challenge’ Camp, Mohamed Al Saadi, said:

Camps like these help young people living with diabetes to integrate into society. Those with diabetes usually do not acknowledge their problem however, once they see how well others cope with the disease, a change begins, and they start to look at their condition from a new and more positive perspective.’

Qatar is ranked among the top 10 countries in the world most affected by diabetes.