Posted on January 19, 2018

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with International Artists of Doha (IAD), has launched a six-month program aimed at harnessing the power of art to enhance the health and well-being of residents at HMC’s Bayt Aman residential facility.

Bayt Aman provides a safe and restorative environment for expatriate workers who have completed medical treatment and are waiting to return home. “Since opening in July 2016, numerous patients have benefitted from their time at Bayt Aman. We believe it is very important to help these patients recover fully so they can begin living a normal daily life before returning home,” explained Dr. Wafa Al Yazeedi, Chairperson of Qatar Rehabilitation Institute.

Formal activities between HMC and IAD began with an art workshop held to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, 2017. A series of events, organized with the slogan ‘Qatar Cares’, will also run through to May 2018. All artwork resulting from the events will remain the property of Bayt Aman and be displayed for residents to enjoy. The project will end with a public exhibition in a renowned art gallery in December, marking the International Day of People with Disabilities 2018. “I am excited about the benefits that this partnership with IAD can bring to our patients. We are committed to providing a calm and healing environment for our residents so that we can maximize their recovery potential before they return home,” said Dr. Wafa Al Yazeedi.

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“IAD believes that art can have a real positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society. We hope that our partnership with HMC can bring positive energy to the residents of Bayt Aman and help them on their journey of recovery,” explained Mr. Willy Kempel, IAD Chairman and Ambassador of Austria to the State of Qatar. Bayt Aman, a residential villa in Al Thumama, can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a charge nurse and patient care attendants. Guests being cared for at Bayt Aman no longer need the clinical supervision that is provided at HMC’s rehabilitation and long-term care units.