Under the auspices of MoPH, the Action on Diabetes (AoD) and the Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI) at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have collaborated to run a series of screening and educational events at mosques during Ramadan to support the community in managing diabetes.

The screenings started on the first Friday of Ramadan at Al Saad mosque in Al Mamoura and Omar Bin Al Khattab mosque with more than 1,000 worshippers tested by medical professionals from HMC.

Members of the public are invited to attend forthcoming screenings at Al Emadi mosque this Friday, and at Alwakra Al Ghani mosque the following Friday.

AoD’s success in educating the public about diabetes highlights the value of public-private partnerships in tackling major health challenges. During the holy month, attendance for prayers at mosques increases. This is an opportune time for us to screen large numbers of the local community for diabetes. It is also an ideal time to help people understand the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle diseases. Large-scale screening events are an important mechanism for increasing awareness, while also providing advice on managing the disease.

All screenings are conducted by nurses and professionals trained in diabetes care. Participants are given a personalized analysis of results, advice on how to manage their condition and medication effectively, and how to fast safely during Ramadan. Educational information is also being distributed in five languages to provide people with vital information on the importance of early detection and tips on living a healthy lifestyle.

This is the third year that AoD, the leading public-private partnership initiated and supported by Maersk Oil Qatar to tackle diabetes, and HMC have teamed up during Ramadan to offer screening during Friday prayers at a number of the country’s busiest mosques. Such activities build on the success of similar community events organized by AoD since the partnership began in 2011. To date, over 35,000 people have been screened and supported by the program in managing and preventing diabetes.

At MoPH we are committed to ensuring the successful implementation of the National Diabetes Strategy through programs that support awareness, prevention, and empowerment and we’re very proud that our AoD partnership continues to play a leading role in reducing the trajectory of diabetes in the country.

The holy month of Ramadan is a challenging time for those living with the condition, so we’re delighted at the levels of engagement we’ve seen during this campaign and look forward to increasing the numbers of people we can support during the rest of Ramadan.

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