HMC department designated as WHO collaborating center

HMC department designated as WHO collaborating center By Mohamed Suhaib - March 20, 2023


Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Department of Geriatrics and Long-Term Care has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a WHO Collaborating Center for Healthy Ageing and Dementia.

The Collaborating Center initiative is designed to bring benefits to both parties, including more visibility of key projects and programmes, enabling improved opportunities to exchange information and develop technical cooperation with other international institutions as well as facilitate better access to funding for research and programme development.

National Lead for Healthy Ageing in Qatar and Chairperson of the department at HMC, Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad was designated as Head of the Collaborating Center.

WHO Collaborating Centers are institutions which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization’s programmes.

Currently there are over 800 WHO Collaborating Centers in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

Minister of Public Health, H E Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari praised this unique cooperation between Qatar represented by the Ministry of Public Health and the WHO, which is the third Collaborating Center, which confirms the strong focus and commitment to local health care.

Previous Collaborating Center agreements in Qatar include the WHO Collaborating Center for Disease Epidemiology Analytics on HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Viral Hepatitis with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, and the WHO Collaborating Center for Treating Tobacco Dependence with the HMC’s Tobacco Control Center, which achieved re-designation in 2021.

Dr. Al Hamad said: “Qatar’s population is growing exponentially, and this is resulting in a rapidly growing number of older adults. While some people age well and remain active and relatively illness free in older age, others are more prone to chronic diseases and disabilities that negatively impact their quality and length of life. This Collaboration Center will support the WHO by contributing to knowledge and research on healthy ageing, including the importance of integrated care and preventative health literacy promotion.” 

Dr. Al Hamad, who is also the Medical Director of Rumailah Hospital and the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, added: “Dementia risk reduction, management and care is another important area for joint collaboration that will be greatly supported by the Collaborating Center. We are already doing a lot in terms of research and promoting integrated care for patients living with Dementia and we are happy to share our findings with the WHO and other Collaborating Centers interested in the same field.” 

Source: The Peninsula

By Mohamed Suhaib - March 20, 2023

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