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Art is often referred as an important factor in stimulating creative energies leading to healthy mind and body. Considering it Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has collaborated with International Artists of Doha (IAD) launching a six-month program aimed at channelizing the power of art to improve the health and well-being of its residents at HMC’s Bayt Aman residential facility.

Bayt Aman has been providing a safe and restorative environment for expatriate workers who have completed medical treatment and are waiting to return home. The arrangement has been useful for the patients to fully recuperate and re-adjust to their normal routines so they are better able to return to living their everyday lives.

Since its inauguration in July 2016, numerous patients have benefitted from their stay 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.

IAD and HMC began their formal activities marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, 2017. In continuity, a series of events have also been organized with the slogan ‘Qatar Cares’ to conclude in May 2018. The artwork that will be created during these sessions though will be a part of Bayt Aman heritage, will be displayed for the residents. Further the project will conclude with a public exhibition in a renowned art gallery in December, observing the International Day of People with Disabilities 2018.

The initiative is lauded for its progress till now and attendees are participants are excited to witness the further developments.

Dr. Wafa Al Yazeedi expressed “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,”

“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 currently, 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. However, such a facility if expanded will benefit more patients in their rehabilitation phase getting back the zeal to live a normal life.






your health first

In last few years the country has witnesses increase in modernisation and economic development. This further led to change in eating habits with increased unhealthy and unhygienic eating is considered as “epidemiological transition”.

In the past, obesity and diabetes were a big problem, WHO World Health Survey for Qatar (2006) recorded that residents of Qatar suffer from high prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, due the changed unhealthy eating habits and patterns. The survey indicated that almost 40% of the population is currently was obese and diabetes prevalence in the country., However, in the last 5 years people in Qatar have taken a turn of healthy living with a rise in gyms, diet and healthy restaurants, and more healthy options in supermarkets.

In the similar direction Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MEE) has now associated with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) to promote sustainable living and healthy eating habits with its strategic program Sahtak Awalan – ‘Your Health First’.

Under this association MEE will extend all expertise and support to its program ‘Your Health First’. ‘Project Greenhouse’ is an important project that runs under WCM-Q programme ‘Your Health First.’ Which has already gifted greenhouses, seeds, and gardening equipment to 130 schools across Qatar to teach students how to grow a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

The project aims at connecting young children with the environment at the same time making them feel the importance of eating fresh produce for good health, and valuable lessons about environmental sustainability.

The association will now expand to project to more schools and make greenhouses is them with technical, material and scientific assistance for its next five year phase. The produce from these greenhouses will be offered for general sale to the community in Qatar at specially created market stalls, at good value prices, with all revenues from sales to be reinvested in the project to expand further.

The programme is much appreciated by various government authorities as this partnership will actively involve the community in the project and it is expected to create the required awareness and desired impact on a healthy and sustainable lifestyle in the country.


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Qatar does not import eggs from the Netherlands and its products are thus contaminant-free and safe to eat, the local health ministry has said.

However, authorities have withdrawn some samples of eggs with European origins from shelves for extra testing.

The move comes after millions of chicken eggs were recalled in Europe this week over health concerns.

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The eggs had apparently become contaminated after some Dutch farms illegally used a toxic pesticide called fipronil.

According to the World Health Organization, fipronil can cause organ damage if consumed in large quantities, Reuters reports.

Product testing

In a statement, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health said egg imports in Qatar come from 10 different nations.

That includes six Arab nations, three European countries and one East Asian nation.

However, MOPH did not go into further details about the imports’ origins.

But it did say that all egg imports undergo “periodic analysis and inspection” at ministry food laboratories, and currently meet all approved standards.