People with Diabetes in Qatar now have greater access to advice and information about the condition, following the launch of the first magazine for patients by Action on Diabetes. Seven thousand copies of the Take Action magazine, in Arabic and English, have been distributed to all primary health care centres in Qatar along with the Diabetes clinics in Hamad general, Al Khor and Al Wakra hospitals.
Launched in collaboration with Action on Diabetes strategic partners – the Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar Diabetes Association, Maersk Oil Qatar, and Novo Nordisk, Take Action provides a wealth of useful information written up in a simple and accessible format for all age groups.
The content of the magazine ranges from interviews with Diabetes patients discussing their personal experiences, to articles that correct misconceptions about diabetes, to lists of useful facts on managing the condition. In addition, an Ask the Experts, column publishes and answers readers’ questions. The magazine also includes recommended nutrition intakes as well as featuring simple, fun exercise programs in an effort to promote physical activity in the community.
In response to the launch of the magazine, Herluf Nis Thomsen, Action on Diabetes Program Manager said: “We are delighted to issue the first edition of Take Action magazine, as we continuously strive to raise awareness of diabetes and help support and motivate those living with the condition to lead happy, healthy lives. We have ensured that our first edition is written in a simple and easy-to-understand language that includes various prevention tips and information for patients on methods of dealing with their condition. We hope that this magazine benefits not only those living with diabetes, but also the family/friends of those with the condition, to help them find ways to support their loved ones. “
Dr. Samya Ahmed Al Abdullah, Central Regional Director Senior Consultant Family Medicine and Lead of NCD Strategy Implementation Working Group ,said that “It is fantastic to see this vital resource being made available in Qatar and I applaud Action on Diabetes for their continued efforts to raise awareness of diabetes and for inspiring people to live healthier lives.
“We appreciate these efforts and fully support all of Action on Diabetes campaigns and initiatives, including the first issue of this educational magazine. I hope that this resource provides a good educational reference for all people living with diabetes.”
Action on Diabetes will publish further editions of the magazine throughout 2015 and distribute it, free of charge, in the waiting rooms of hospitals and health centres across Doha.