Posted on October 25, 2019

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), is organising four training workshops on the implementation of new growth plans approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in public, private and community schools in Qatar for students aged 5 and 19.

The four-day workshops, slated to begin on Friday, are aimed at qualifying new nurses in above-mentioned schools for boys and girls at primary, preparatory and secondary levels. The workshops will also be attended by supervisors of the growth plans programme at the MoPH and PHCC.

The workshops will train the nurses on how to use and implement new growth plans prepared by WHO and how to detect malnutrition cases that include overweight or underweight and growth problems in school students. It will also provide training for creating a database on the growth of students of both sexes, build a surveillance system to monitor their health status, especially overweight and obese cases, and retain the data within the school health clinic. The workshops are part of Qatar National Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2017-2022, which aims to reduce the burden of obesity and related chronic non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure (HBP) among Qatari community members and residents.