• 11/13/2018
    As part of Doha Healthcare Week, a seven-day community festival created by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and taking place during the week leading up to the WISH 2018 global healthcare conference, Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Tobacco Control Center has organized a training session on tobacco dependence treatment.

    According to Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla, Head of the HMC Tobacco Control Center, around 50 local and regionally-based healthcare professionals, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, midwives, wellness health coaches, and others who work in the healthcare field have registered for the session. He added that attendees represent private and public healthcare facilities, the military, and a number of healthcare institutions in the Eastern Mediterranean Regional (EMRO) and Africa (AFRO) regions.

    “This workshop aims to develop knowledge and skills and enhance the ability of participants to provide care to tobacco-dependent patients. Participants will be trained to deliver tobacco interventions and to train other healthcare professionals to do the same. This workshop includes best practices of novel clinical care using proven modes of treatment with hands-on activity, practice sheets, role-playing, and exercises,” said Dr. Al Mulla.

    He added that the workshop is part of HMC’s, and Qatar’s, longstanding commitment to promoting wellbeing and disease prevention and to encouraging people to stop smoking.

    The workshop features both local and international speakers, including Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla, Dr. Douglas William Bettcher, Former Director for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Dongbo Fu, Medical Officer for Tobacco Cessation, WHO, and Dr. Feras Hawari, Director, Cancer Control Office and Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, King Hussein Cancer Center. 

    In recent years, HMC’s Tobacco Control Center has organized a number of training sessions on tobacco dependency treatment. The Tobacco Control Center is a WHO Collaborating Center, the first in Qatar. The two-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Treating Tobacco Dependence was held on 11 and 12 November at Qatar National Convention Center.