Posted on November 30, 2014

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the body tasked with organising the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, has backed a campaign by Action on Diabetes to screen employees where they work. Over five days, more than 600 employees were tested for diabetes in the Action on Diabetes screening bus stationed outside Al Bidda Tower in Doha, where the SC is based. Launched earlier this year, the workplace screening campaign benefits both individuals and companies looking to ensure the well-being of their staff, with all of those screened receiving a personalised analysis of results as well as recommendations on how to reduce the risk of developing diabetes in the future.

The Action on Diabetes bespoke screening bus was positioned outside Al-Bidda Tower in West Bay, from 23rd – 27th November, with staff from Hamad Medical Corporation and Qatar Diabetes Association on board to check visitors for diabetes with a variety of screening tests. Following assessments that included blood pressure testing, body mass index testing and cholesterol testing, patients were given a personal health file which they completed during the screening. The results were then analysed through one-on-one consultations, where diabetes educators gave advice to patients on lifestyle changes that will help to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Action on Diabetes campaign visits 2 [].jpgThe screening was also open to other businesses occupying Al Bidda, including Qatar Football Association and Qatar Stars League. In the past two weeks the screening bus, funded by Maersk Oil Qatar, has travelled from a successful World Diabetes Day event at Katara, where 650 people were tested for the condition, to Qatari Diar in Lusail where 400 employees were tested. The bespoke vehicle is the only one of its kind in Qatar and is fitted with a range of testing equipment to allow analysis of random blood glucose, HBA1C, cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure.

Mohammed Al-Marzouqi, Administration Executive Director of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “Over the last week, the Action on Diabetes bus has screened more than 600 of our employees, which is a great achievement. At the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, ensuring the best quality of health of our employees is of great importance to us. The visit was a great success and we are delighted that Action on Diabetes has helped to raise awareness amongst our staff of diabetes, its risks, signs, complications and how to manage the condition.” Diabetes is one of Qatar’s biggest health challenges. The proportion of people living with diabetes in Qatar is among the highest in the world, with 16.7% of Qataris having the condition according to a recent Qatar STEPwise report. In addition, the International Diabetes Federation predicted that 25% of all Qataris will have Diabetes by 2030 if the diabetes challenge is not addressed and lifestyles not modified.

Dr Badria Al-Malki, Public Health Specialist at the Supreme Council of Health, said: “We applaud our partner, Action on Diabetes for their continued efforts in helping to raise awareness of diabetes in Qatar and to Maersk Oil Qatar for being so committed to behaviour change. The Supreme Council of Health’s mission is to achieve a health service that is world class, in terms of both treating and preventing health problems, to develop Qatar as a globally recognised centre of health, and these types of initiatives help to do just that. It is fantastic to see so many employees at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy get screened for diabetes and I hope they all came away with an increased knowledge on the risk factors, prevention and management of the condition.”

Action on Diabetes campaign visits 3 [].jpgHerluf Nis Thomsen, Novo Nordisk, Senior Project Manager at Action on Diabetes, said: “I am delighted that so many staff at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy were tested for diabetes this week and I thank the SC for playing an important role in helping to combat one of Qatar’s greatest health challenges. Type 2 diabetes is preventable if risk factors are identified and lifestyles changed, therefore making early detection vital. We also know that half of those living with diabetes in Qatar are not aware of it, which makes screening programmes like this so important. We will continue to take our Action on Diabetes screening bus to institutions across Doha to get as many people as possible educated and aware of diabetes, its risks and preventions. “

So far in 2014, hundreds of people have been tested for diabetes as part of the workplace screening programme that allows employees to be tested for diabetes where they work. The custom-made Action on Diabetes screening bus has visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar Petroleum, the Supreme Council of Health, Maersk Oil Qatar, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Al Rayyan TV headquarters, Barwa Towers, Qatari Diar and now the SC, with more visits planned to workplaces across Qatar early next year.