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MENAFN Press - 19/01/2014
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(MENAFN Press) Another group of nurses have begun an intensive Diabetes Educator Program in Doha to learn about the latest developments in diabetes care and ultimately improve the quality of life for those with the condition.



Twenty six public and private sector health care professionals from Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) will join the course, which runs from now until September. An estimated one in five Qataris is affected by diabetes and more than half have three or more risk factors



The Diabetes Educator Program, now in its second year, is delivered by the Canadian Michener Institute for Applied Health Science, in conjunction with Calgary University- Qatar, and supported by Action on Diabetes and the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA)-Qatar Foundation



Speaking at the launch event, Dr. Abdulla Al Hamaq, Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association- member of Qatar Foundation, said: "The Diabetes Educator Certification course will offer a world class programme to diabetes educators in Qatar. It is the first accredited programme of its kind to be run in Qatar



Dr. Al Hamaq continued: "At QDA we strive to deliver programmes and services to people affected by diabetes, and share the latest diabetes information with care providers to help improve the overall quality of life for people with diabetes. We are very pleased to work with our 'Action on Diabetes' partners - Hamad Medical Corporation, The Supreme Council of Health, The Primary Health Care Cooperation, Novo Nordisk, and Maersk Oil Qatar - to deliver another valuable project as part of the 'Action on Diabetes' initiative.



Sheikh Faisal Al-Thani, Deputy Managing Director at Maersk Oil Qatar, commented: "This is the second year of the Michener Institute course in Qatar and it is pleasing to see that 26 nurses, compared to 22 last year, are taking part. Diabetes research and approaches to treatment are evolving constantly so these courses help to maintain high standards of care in Qatar



In addition to two, 2-day workshops which build on a student's personal knowledge and experience, the Michener's Diabetes Educator Program includes six online modules and evaluation through written assignments, presentations and web-based examinations.



Action on Diabetes was launched in November 2011 and aims to help deliver The Emir's vision of a healthy and prosperous Qatar, and support the Qatari authorities to reduce the incidence of diabetes.



For more information on Action on Diabetes:

Www.action-on-diabetes.qa


About DIABETES
According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas, 6th edition, 2013, an estimated 382 million people live with diabetes today, this number is expected to grow to 592 million by 2030, making diabetes one of the greatest global health challenges of the 21st century. In Qatar, around 16.7% of the Qatari adult population is estimated to have diabetes, and many more cases may be undiagnosed.Diabetes is a metabolic condition that leads to high blood sugar levels, which can have serious consequences for short and long-term health. People with diabetes experience raised blood sugar because of either a partial or complete reduction of insulin production in their bodies. There are serious health consequences of undiagnosed or poorly treated diabetes (blindness, kidney failure, nerve diseases, limb amputations and cardiovascular diseases).Diabetes is serious but it can be avoided. 80% of Type 2 diabetes cases are believed to be preventable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and improving the living environment.Diabetes is one of the most costly and burdensome chronic diseases of all time. Given the high cost of diabetes complications and new information available on the success of primary prevention efforts, it is more important than ever to promote healthy lifestyles, compliance with clinical practice guidelines and improved access to health care services, in order to prevent diabetes and delay its progression once diagnosed. Combined efforts will help in controlling and preventing diabetes in Qatar.ABOUT THE PARTNERSSupreme Council of HealthThe Supreme Council of Health is responsible for policies and programs to help the people of Qatar enjoy longer and more productive lives, and to lay the foundation for a vibrant country for decades to come.Hamad Medical CorporationHamad Medical Corporation is the premier non-profit health care provider in Qatar, providing quality care through four highly specialized hospitals some of the leading specialists in diabetes.Primary Health Care CorporationThe Primary Health Care Corporation is a frontline health care provider whose directive is to provide world class primary & community health care services across the State of Qatar. Qatar Diabetes Association-Qatar Foundation The Qatar Diabetes Association helps people in Qatar understand, avoid and manage diabetes, by providing patient care, devising plans for prevention, and supporting health professionals working to tackle diabetes.Maersk Oil QatarIn partnership with Qatar Petroleum, Maersk Oil Qatar has become specialists in developing one of the world's most complex fields, offshore at Al Shaheen. Maersk Oil is currently Qatar's largest offshore oil producer, contributing over a third of the country's oil. The company has been working in Qatar since 1992 and is supporting Qatar's vision of a healthy and vibrant country by creating the Action on Diabetes partnership.Novo NordiskNovo Nordisk is the world leader in diabetes care. The company has 90 years' experience of innovation and leadership in diabetes care, and a commitment to drive change for people affected by diabetes

 


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