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December 19, 2011

Qatar Update: Department of Paediatrics

In 2010, SickKids began a historic five-year partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to create a state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Doha, Qatar. Read about the project and the SickKids staff experience, one of our major project milestones, research, nursing education and training and perioperative services.

A world-class paediatric hospital depends on the capability of its paediatrics department. SickKids has been working with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to consult on a wide range of health-care services, and help establish a paediatrics department that will best serve the needs of children and families.

Along with the more traditional paediatric divisions, such as infectious disease, respiratory medicine and neurology, SickKids has focused attention on mental health and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Both are areas with great impact on children’s health.

Working collaboratively, SickKids medical staff and interprofessional colleagues have contributed enormously to the development of an interdisciplinary team approach to care in the PICU. This represents a fundamental change to the model of care previously provided – and will ultimately result in greatly reduced morbidity and mortality.

To improve the academic standards of paediatricians in Doha, SickKids has provided substantial training in continuing education, faculty development and enhancement of the residency program.  In addition, HMC has approved standardized job profiles for paediatricians, which will enhance academic standards and productivity. The standards should be introduced to the hospital in the next few months.

On the national stage, the work SickKids staff are doing with their partners in Doha is influencing policies for children’s health in Qatar. SickKids team members from Oncology and Child Psychiatry are providing primary consultancy advice for the Qatar National Strategies in each of these specialties. SickKids has advocated for a State Child Health Committee in Qatar to provide long-term solutions to paediatric health issues in the country.

“Together with our role in the planning for clinical care in the proposed new hospital, this national involvement clearly illustrates how our partnership with HMC has evolved and expanded,” says Dr. Denis Geary, SickKids Medical Director for the Qatar project. “We’re proud that SickKids now provides expertise in planning for all of child health care in Qatar.”