Posted on March 07, 2016

A team of senior leaders from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) collected the health education leadership award presented by the Arab Hospitals Federation during its seventeenth forum held last week in Cairo, Egypt. The team won the award in recognition of a documentary film detailing their experience of trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last year. The film emphasized the importance of physical exercise for all ages. The film also sends a message that older people can engage in different kinds of sports including climbing mountain peak.

Mr. Mohamed Mubarak Al Noimi, Chief of Communications and Chief of Staff at HMC’s Managing Director's office, and member of the Executive Board of the Arab Hospitals Federation, received the award on behalf of HMC from Dr. Ahmad Imad Addin Rady, Minister of Health and Population of Egypt and Dr. Tawfik bin Ahmad Khoja, Director-General of the Executive Board of the GCC Health Ministers Council and Secretary General of Arab Hospitals Federation.

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Mr. Ali Abdullah Al Khater, Chief of Communications at HMC’s Corporate Communications Department and Chairman of the HMC delegation to the forum thanked the Arab Hospitals Federation for the award and recognition, saying the award reflected the importance HMC places on creating health awareness among Qatar’s population. “At HMC, we always urge the public to adopt a healthy lifestyle, especially by engaging in activities that contribute to the prevention of diseases. Health education is part of our role in promoting a healthy community by giving people the knowledge to take control of their own health.” Mr Al Khater said.

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Speaking during a discussion panel comprising distinguished Arab Health Ministers, Dr. Saleh bin Ali Al-Marri, Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs at the Ministry of Public Health, noted that constant migration of Arab medical practitioners out of the region is one of the main challenges facing the development of healthcare systems in the Arab region. He stressed Qatar's efforts in retaining competent Arab medical practitioners to serve in its healthcare sector by allocating 2.8 percent of the nation’s budget to finance scientific research and to attract the most prestigious universities and scientific institutions to open branches in Qatar.

At an exhibition held on the sideline of the forum, HMC’s delegation received H. E. Saif bin Moqaddam Albuainain, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Egypt and permanent delegate to the Arab League, and Mr. Khalid Ali Al Malki Al Juhani, First Secretary of the Qatari Embassy in Egypt. Mr. Al Noimi and Mr. Al Khater awarded HMC plaques to all special visitors to the Corporation's platform.