Sidra Medicine, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Qatar’s new hospital for children, young people, and women, will mark World Diabetes Day on 14th November with patient-focused activities designed to educate and empower the community. The activities reflect Sidra’s approach to helping patients manage and understand the condition through education and the application of new technologies.
From 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14th, families visiting the Outpatient Clinic (OPC) can take part in a variety of fun and educational activities to learn more about diabetes and understand how to manage risks and lead a healthier lifestyle. Specialist doctors and nurses will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice on managing the condition in children.
On Wednesday, November 15th, an educational session will address the importance of early screening for gestational diabetes which develops during pregnancy and how to manage the condition during pregnancy. The talk delivered by Sidra experts will focus on advice and guidance for women at risk or already diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Patients and families are welcome to visit the information table at the OPC (Level 4), from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. The education session takes place at the OPC (Level 5, C5- 401 A&B) from 12:00 to 13:30 pm on the same day.
Sidra’s patient and family-centered approach to care also focuses on educating patients, their families on the management of blood sugar by balancing nutrition and exercise with insulin therapy and supporting the emotional as well as physical consequences of diabetes. They are also given the tools they need to manage the condition and improve their quality of life.
Sidra is currently treating about 1,200 children who have the disease and undertaking an ambitious three-year project to better understand the mechanisms of diabetes in each of the children being treated. This reflects the hospital’s approach of personalized medicine by integrating clinical medicine with translational research; designed to produce meaningful health outcomes in the treatment and diagnosis of diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that Qatar will be one of the countries with the highest growth in diabetes between 2013 – 2035. Studies have shown that children are at increasing risk of developing the disease, while gestational diabetes is estimated to occur in about 25 per cent of all pregnancies in Qatar.
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