Qatar's First International Diabetes Leadership Forum

Qatar's First International Diabetes Leadership Forum

Start Date/Time:
26/09/16 8:00 AM Download ICS File
End Date/Time:
27/09/16 5:00 PM
Category:
Press Release, Latest Development
Department Grouping:
Comprehensive World Class Healthcare System
Department:
Diabetes Service Design
Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and in collaboration with Ministry of Public Health and Action on Diabetes partners, Qatar will soon host the International Diabetes Leadership Forum in the country for the first time.

The forum will address the challenge of combating diabetes in the State of Qatar and will bring together leading diabetes experts and academics, patient organizations, healthcare professionals and NGOs from around the world with leaders from the healthcare sector, policy makers, and government officials from the State of Qatar and GCC countries.

Dozens of world-leading experts will convene in Doha from 26-27 September 2016 to participate in the Diabetes Leadership Forum which is being organized by the Ministry of Public Health and Action on Diabetes (AoD) partners - Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Healthcare Corporation, Qatar Diabetes Association, Novo Nordisk and Maersk Oil Qatar, in collaboration with its sponsors – World Diabetes Foundation, International Diabetes Federation and Qatar Airways, its official airline partner - to confront the major health challenges presented by diabetes. The Forum is also supported by the Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI) which is a multi-institutional collaboration focused on metabolic diseases and in particular diabetes.

The two-day forum will confirm the urgency of the need to act now, spelling out the steps needed to meet the challenges in a holistic and coordinated manner and encouraging local partners to play their part in defeating them.

Commenting on the importance of the Diabetes Leadership Forum in tackling the issue of diabetes in Qatar, Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, said: “The forum presents a unique opportunity for leaders in our country from both the government and private sectors to come together to discuss the huge challenge presented by diabetes to our society. 16.7% of the Qatari population is estimated to suffer from the disease. If we are to significantly reduce this number, it is critical that all parties from across different sectors work together in a cohesive and coordinated manner to turn our National Diabetes Strategy into reality.”

Her Excellency also stressed the eagerness of the Ministry of Public Health to make use of the best local and international practises to guarantee the successful implementation of the National Diabetes Strategy and the ambitious health programs associated with it, adding: “We are expecting extremely engaging discussions during the forum around the execution of the National Strategy plans with input from key diabetes experts from across the globe. We hope that the event will highlight the weight of the health, economic, financial and social burden of diabetes on the political agenda, emphasize the size of the issue and establish a coordinated approach to tackling the disease.”

The two-day event will build a framework for cross sector public-private and public-public partnerships crucial to success in tackling diabetes and will draw on international experts’ experience to ensure the successful implementation of the National Diabetes Strategy. It will also explore the most effective model for bringing together ministers and various organizations interested in tackling diabetes by discussing how to coordinate activity and ensuring support for the implementation of the strategy.

Over the course of the two days, participants will collaborate on developing a road map for the successful roll out of the strategy to tackle the issue of diabetes in Qatar that was developed by the National Diabetes Committee and launched last year. Through a series of workshops, plenary sessions, and partnership meetings, they will share ideas, inspiration and experience designed to help shape plans for actionable implementation of the strategy in the coming year and beyond.

Commenting on the Diabetes Leadership Forum, Sh. Dr. Al-Anoud Mohammed Al-Thani, Manager, Health Promotion and Non-Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Public Health and Co-Chair of the National Diabetes Committee said: “Our Government has been quick to recognize the threat diabetes poses, and the bold and proactive steps we have taken are proving effective in mobilizing the public and empowering patients and communities to manage the condition. The National Diabetes Strategy which was launched last year provides a clear framework to develop the capabilities and tools required to prevent and better manage diabetes.

Now, with the Qatar Diabetes Leadership Forum, we have the ideal platform to enable us to successfully put the strategy into action. We look forward to welcoming leading experts from around the world to help us take this major step forward in addressing the economic, financial and social burden of diabetes.”

Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra, Chairman of Internal Medicine at Hamad Medical Corporation and Co-Chair of the National Diabetes Committee, said: “The National Diabetes Committee has developed a strategy focused on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of diabetes and its complications as effectively as possible. It sets out the steps needed to equip the workforce, develop the country’s infrastructure and research required to deliver the best care to patients and help reduce the prevalence of diabetes in the State of Qatar. The Diabetes Leadership Forum will enable us to develop a comprehensive action plan to achieve the visionary transformations set out in the strategy. I’m confident we can now bring together all the necessary partners in the State of Qatar to achieve this common purpose and build the best possible health system – one that delivers ground-breaking, quality clinical services underpinned by international best practice and research.”

Professor Abou-Samra is also Chair of the Qatar Metabolic Institute, one of a number of leading healthcare organizations to endorse the Diabetes Leadership Forum. This endorsement provides clear evidence of the vital role that healthcare organizations and experts believe the Diabetes Leadership Forum will play in successfully guiding the direction and implementation of the National Diabetes Strategy.

Commenting on the launch of the Diabetes Leadership Forum, Herluf Thomsen, Action on Diabetes Program Manager from Novo Nordisk said: “We’re enormously proud of the progress achieved by Action on Diabetes and our partners over the past five years. With this ambitious strategy, we now have the necessary blueprint to address this deep rooted and large-scale social, health and welfare issue. We are committed to tackling one of the country’s biggest health challenges and making a meaningful difference to the State of Qatar by improving the wellbeing of its people.”

Saleem Al-Yafei, Deputy Head of Operations, Maersk Oil Qatar added: “Since initiating the Action on Diabetes partnership in 2011 as part of our broader social investment program, we have supported awareness and prevention through nation-wide research, education and public screening initiatives. The forum is really the culmination of all these efforts to deliver a sustainable, long-term approach to overcoming the disease and we’re incredibly proud to have played a key role in that journey.”

The Diabetes Leadership Forum will build on lessons from previous leadership forums held in New York (2007), Moscow (2008), Beijing (2009), MENA (Dubai 2010), Copenhagen (2012) and Istanbul (2013).

To register for Qatar’s first Diabetes Leadership Forum and find out more about the event, please visit the website at http://www.diabetesleadershipforum2016.com/


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