The Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), is hosting its fifth Youth Diabetes Al Tahadi camp, targeting teenage boys and girls living with Type 1 Diabetes.
The camp, sponsored by Dolphin Energy, will be held virtually from June 20-26.
Around 30 participants aged between 12-15 from Qatar will participate.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar to be absorbed by cells to produce energy.
Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults.
The QDA’s “Youth Diabetes Al Tahadi” Camp is the one of the most important initiatives supported by the QF to address immediate social needs in the community by raising awareness of diabetes management.
Throughout the week, the young people will be taking part in a number of educational, sports and leisure activities, in addition to attending special workshops for self-empowerment and talent development.
A team of experts, nutritionists, educators and coaches are running the camp to enhance participants’ skills in self-care and diabetes management.
QDA executive director Dr Abdulla al-Hamaq said: “Our aim for the ‘Youth Diabetes Al Tahadi’ Camp is to empower young people affected by type 1 diabetes, help them learn to solve problems, cope with the emotional side of diabetes, and lower their risk for other health.”
“We encourage them to connect with others to share experiences and learn tips and techniques for living well with diabetes,” he added.
“Currently, there isn’t any cure for type 1 diabetes, but the knowledge about the condition is constantly evolving and with new medicines and technologies, people of all ages are leading full, healthy lives with type 1 diabetes,” al-Hamaq said. “I thank Dolphin Energy for their annual generous donation that makes it possible for us to cover the expenses of the camp.”