Posted on October 16, 2019

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) and Carrefour Qatar recently organized a visit to Sidra Medicine to meet with young cancer patients.  The visit was aimed at empowering children living with cancer, as well as offering emotional support to their families.

The “Patient’s Visits” program was launched by QCS to  provide psychological and social support for cancer patients and provide a positive impact about treatment. Ms. Rahaf Wasfi – support group officer at QCS, said: “This initiative emphasizes the charity’s role in psychologically supporting children living with cancer. In addition to this, QCS has invested QR 8.2 million towards the treatment and care of cancer patients and has helped 1,100 patients during the first half of 2019. Providing smooth and efficient access to cancer care services and support systems, is a priority of the QCS especially to help with the high costs of treatment.”  

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Ms. Wasfi pointed out that hospitals visits emphasize the importance of providing psychological support for children and to bring some joy into their lives. She explained QCS’s keenness to involve young children in society  and sharing their stories to help raise awareness. “These visits aim to raise the community’s awareness of cancer and remove the fear and shame associated with it. We want to emphasize that patients and their families need the community’s support.” Ms. Wasfi thanked partners of its “Patient’s Visit” program,  especially Carrefour Qatar, who supported the visit by sponsoring the gifts and Sidra Medicine for welcoming the team and providing access to the children and their families. “We hope that such visits and engagement with cancer patients will inspire and encourage other organizations in Qatar to actively contribute to increase the community awareness about cancer and support those living with the disease.”

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Shaikha Al Mahmoud, Director of Patient Experience at Sidra Medicine said: “As a patient and family centered hospital, Sidra Medicine welcomes the support of leading institutions like Qatar Cancer Society to help raise community awareness about pediatric cancer. Hospital visits like the one arranged by QCS are encouraging as they always put a smile on the faces of our young cancer fighters. We thank QCS for their generosity and look forward to an ongoing and strong partnership that will positively impact the lives of young children with cancer.”

Laurent Hausknecht, Country Manager of Carrefour in Qatar said: “Supporting the communities in which we operate in is a core part of what we do, as such, we were honored to be a part of this important initiative. The children at Sidra Medicine have inspired us with their bravery, and we wish them the very best in their journey to recovery.”