National Center for Rare Disease to Be Established in Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Heidelberg University Hospital have signed an agreement to establish a National Center for Rare Disease in Qatar.

The agreement was signed by HE Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, and Prof Dr Annette Gruters-Kieslich, Chief Medical Director and Chairperson of the Board of Heidelberg University Hospital.

On February 8-9, officials from HMC and the acclaimed German research institution gathered for the Doha-Heidelberg Clinical, Oncology and Research Conference. The conference also saw the hosting of the first Rare Disease Symposium, illustrating the growing interest in this topic.

Dr Al-Kuwari attended the conference’s opening ceremony and noted the significance of the collaboration between HMC and Heidelberg University Hospital.

I am delighted to see the progress that has been achieved since the agreement between HMC and Heidelberg University Hospital was signed a year ago. Not only have we had the benefit of senior consultants from Heidelberg visiting Qatar to provide specialist expertise to our patients, but we have also benefited from opportunities for joint training exercises, with many physicians from Qatar having trained in Heidelberg’s world-renowned facility, Dr Al-Kuwari said.

Source: Government of Qatar