The Corporate Nursing and Midwifery Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is collaborating with local partners to host the 2nd Arab Nurses and Midwives Virtual Conference, which will take place online on October 29.
The educational and celebratory event is a prequel activity to mark Arab Nurses and Midwives Day. The conference is held online to enable participants from across the 22 Arab countries to join more easily.
The virtual conference aims to bring together professionals from across the Arab region to learn about the latest innovations in evidence-based practice in the nursing and midwifery community. The conference agenda was developed by a local committee including representation from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, the Police Clinic and Army Hospital under Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Primary Health Care Corporation, Sidra Medicine, Aspetar Hospital and HMC.
Mariam Nooh al-Mutawa, acting chief nursing officer at HMC, explained the reasoning for hosting the event in October: “The Arab Board of Ministers of Health decreed in 2021 that all Arab countries will celebrate Arab Nurses and Midwives Day annually on November 3. Each year one of the Arab nations is selected to host a regional event and this year it is Qatar’s privilege to organise an event designed to bring together nurses and midwives in a targeted forum where they can benefit from educational sessions as well as share their experiences with peers from other organisations.
“Not only are we honoured to host the regional event to mark Arab Nurses and Midwives Day 2022 but this year also represents an amazing opportunity and honour for Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the first time such event is held in an Arab country. Many of our nurses are involved in the plans for healthcare services provided during the World Cup. Certainly, this is a testament to the indispensable value and contribution of nurses and midwives in supporting the country’s efforts to secure the health and wellbeing of all who will be here for this momentous occasion,” said, al-Mutawa.
“This virtual conference aims to recognise the legacy of those pioneers who provided nursing and midwifery services in this region from historic times right through to the modern age, where well trained, licensed professionals use evidence-based best practices to provide care in this complex healthcare systems,” added Muna al-Hetmi, director of Nursing Education at HMC and the lead for the conference organising Committee.
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