Telecom giant outfits state-of-the-art center to raise cancer awareness in Middle East

Mon, 2017-02-20 13:55 -- Compassionate C...

Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, Ooredoo is a leading player in the telecommunications market with operations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North Africa. It's also a leading player in efforts to empower women, advance access to education and promote health and wellness in the regions it serves. The latest example of the company's compassion is a new cancer awareness center in Doha that Ooredoo outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and financial support to battle the increasing incidence of cancer in the Middle East. – Liz Enbysk

More sedentary lifestyles and a shift from traditional, nutritious diets to fast foods may be behind an increase in cancer, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases in Gulf countries, according to a report from UAE-based Ardent Advisory. Environmental influences could be another explanation for the high cancer rates. The National reports that a study under way at the University of Sharjah is examining that possibility.

Helping the public better understand cancer is the aim of a new initiative by the Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) and Ooredoo, which celebrated the opening of the new Cancer Awareness Center opened in Doha earlier month. The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East, according to the Gulf Times.

The center's mission is straightforward: to educate children and adults about cancer prevention and early detection and to reduce fear and stigma attached to the disease. It will also offer services to support cancer patients and survivors deal with physical and mental challenges.

"This center will not only offer support for cancer patients, their families and survivors, but ensure field training for medical students and education for everyone, so that our communities can fight this together," said Waleed Mohamed Ebrahim Al Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar.

Added QCS chairman Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Jabor al-Thani: "Alongside our expertise in healthcare and education, Ooredoo has provided the latest technology to help spread the message and ensure it is heard."

Sheik Khalid expects the center to improve the quality of life by increasing awareness about safe, healthy lifestyles that help prevent cancer.

A wide variety of programming will be available at the center, which has:

  • A lecture hall equipped with multimedia and telecommunications facilities as well as audio-visual aids
  • Workshop space and a kids classroom
  • Electronic library with journals, textbooks and databases
  • A kitchen where students, cancer patients and others will be taught how to cook nutritious meals, with the classes telecast for wider audiences

More about Ooredoo:
New Smart Campus addresses youth unemployment and access to education
Mobile operators take on global poverty and the gender gap
Ooredoo app combats high infant and maternal mortality rates in Myanmar


This article is from the Council's Compassionate Cities initiative which highlights how city leaders and other stakeholders can leverage smart technologies to end suffering in their communities and give all citizens a route out of poverty. Click the Compassionate Cities box on our registration page to receive our weekly newsletter.

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