Our Nephrology and Corporate Communications Departments jointly organized a series of events throughout March to mark international World Kidney Day. The global theme for 2016 was ‘Kidney Disease and Children’ and for this reason special focus was placed on raising awareness of kidney issues related to children. Awareness activities included visits to local schools, screening in our hospitals and a community day at Aspire Park. People attending these events were educated about the risk factors and signs and symptoms of kidney disease, as well as healthy living tips to prevent kidney disease.
In partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and Primary Health Care Corporation, our teams hosted a series of events during November 2016 in recognition of World Diabetes Day. Thousands of people were screened across the country and activities raised awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Activities included a workshop for children with diabetes, and information booths and screenings at our hospitals, as well as malls and local businesses. Our teams also ran the annual independent schools campaign with our clinicians speaking to students, school nurses and administrators about healthy food choices and managing the care of students with diabetes.
In collaboration with the Al Faisal Without Borders (ALF) Foundation, we ran two very important campaigns in June and July 2016 – the Ramadan Voluntary Blood Donation campaign and the National Organ Donation campaign. For the voluntary blood donation campaign, mobile blood donor units were dispatched to locations around Qatar to encourage blood donation, while the main Blood Donor Center was open throughout Ramadan to donors. National Organ Donation campaign booths were set up in shopping malls and other prominent locations around the country, with Qatar Organ Donation Center’s (Hiba) specially trained employees on hand to speak to the public about the importance of organ donation and answer any questions. More than 44,000 new organ donors signed up to Qatar’s pioneering Organ Donor Registry during Ramadan. This brought the total number of people on the Organ Donor Register to around 150,000.
Our Hamad International Training Center conducted a number of car seat safety training courses throughout 2016. The courses included a collaboration with the Child Development Center to help families of children with special needs find safe and practical solutions to keep their children safe in cars. Technicians were on hand at the course to check that car seats were properly installed. The course is part of HITC’s Child Passenger Safety Training initiative launched in 2013 in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide and under the umbrella of the Kulluna health and safety campaign, with support from ConocoPhillips.
Working with ConocoPhilips, the Kulluna campaign has been run since 2012 with the aim of raising levels of awareness amongst the public about important health and safety issues. Throughout 2016, the Kulluna campaign organized many high-profile events, focusing on a wide range of health and safety topics including water safety, child passenger safety, heart health, and heat-related health concerns. Kulluna staff attended key public events, including the Qatar International Boat Show and the Awareness and Supported Elements Exhibition.
Building on the previous success of education and awareness initiatives, our teams ran a nationwide ‘Early Detection Saves Lives’ campaign as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2016. The initiative aimed to educate women at risk of breast cancer, increasing their knowledge of the signs and symptoms and empowering them to take charge of their own breast health.
Hamad’s staff, families, patients and visitors participated in a range of healthy activities across our hospitals and facilities to mark Qatar National Sport Day 2016. A range of sporting activities were organized at several hospitals including mini football, basketball and table tennis. A walkathon and health screening were also organized on the main Doha campus for staff and their families, while Hamad joined the Ministry of Public Health and Primary Health Care Corporation in Qatar National Sport Day events at Aspire Park.