The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) has signed up to be a contributor to a new online platform for diabetes in Bahrain.
Diabetes.bh is the brainchild of a Bahraini youth group which is dedicated to increasing diabetes awareness and prevention, in line with the Internationals Diabetes Federation’s goals, and is using the website as an online education tool for the community in Bahrain, as well as a collaborative space for different stakeholders and related issues, from blindness to climate change. A not-for-profit initiative, it is the first online education and community portal for diabetes in Bahrain.
Today RCSI Bahrain signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the creators of diabetes.bh, which will see RCSI Bahrain provide content, data, information, news, photos and research about diabetes on to the platform.
Interim President of RCSI Bahrain, Professor Sameer Otoom said that “The ultimate goal of diabetes.bh is to make it the go to guide for people affected by diabetes in Bahrain and RCSI Bahrain is delighted to be able to contribute in whatever way it can as diabetes is fast becoming a significant health issue in Bahrain”.
Diabetologist and Head of School of Postgraduate Studies & Research, RCSI Bahrain, Professor Whitford said that “many countries have established websites on diabetes that provide individuals with diabetes and their families’ information on diabetes. The establishment of such a website for Bahrain is very welcome and I am sure it will be heavily utilized.”
Tariq Al-Olaimy, co-founder of 3BL Associates and co-creator of diabetes.bh, said that “RSCI Bahrain already has a wealth of diabetes research, projects and initiatives, and the experience they bring to Diabetes.bh is invaluable. We hope that through our partnership, we can better help people manage their diabetes effectively by providing information, advice and support, as well as assist those at risk of diabetes in leading healthier life styles.”
In addition, Hisham Shehabi, co-creator of diabetes.bh commented on the open source nature of the initiative “With each additional partner, the value of the platform is increased for Bahrain’s community. Having a strong partner like RCSI Bahrain from the outset helps ensure that the integrity and quality of the website is maintained. We hope to attract more potential partners and contributors.”