The 19th Al Bawasil Diabetes Camp, organised by Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), kicked off this week, bringing together 50 children – between the ages of seven and 11 – from 12 diabetes associations from various countries across the region, including Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Palestine, Iran, Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco. The five-day camp will run until Thursday, 3 January 2019, at the Student Housing Complex in Education City.
According to QDA Executive Director Dr Abdulla Al Hamaq, the Al Bawasil camp is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about type 1 diabetes, outside of a hospital. As part of the programme, the participants are taught how to do a blood glucose test, how to use specific equipment such as a glucometer, glucose strips, and insulin, how to eat well, and how to recognise symptoms of hypoglycemia.
The camp features a series of fun and educational workshops, with activities designed to teach children how to control their diabetes. Topics such as blood glucose monitoring, recognition and management of hypo-/hyperglycemia and ketosis, insulin types and administration techniques, and the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles will be discussed. The sessions also aim to encourage participants to share their experiences with one another.
A specialised medical team is supervising the activities, including resident physicians, nurses, dieticians, and five administrative committees, including individuals who have diabetes and have previously attended the camps.
The first Al Bawasil Diabetes Camp was held in January 1999. It has been held every year since and is considered one of the most important diabetes camps in the region.
Check out this link for more information about the Al Bawasil Diabetes Camp.