Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI), which was established by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, held an end-of-year ceremony in the presence Dr. Qais Saleh Al-Duwairi, Director-General of DDI, and George Sarmiento, Deputy Economic Counselor and First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy, to celebrate the successful completion of the ‘Let’s Stay Healthy Today, Kuwait’ program.
The program, funded by the State Department’s Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI) grant, aimed to host high schools from various governorates across Kuwait to attend a range of workshops with the goal of promoting healthy living and ultimately contributing towards the prevention of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes.
The program successfully hosted 19 schools, both public and private, from all 6 governorates of Kuwait, reaching around 400 students in total. Students visiting the Institute attended a series of workshops providing them with an advanced curriculum surrounding a variety of topics, such as the science of diabetes, digestion and metabolism of food, exercise physiology, and a hands-on workshop with science experiments to name a few.
The program also included a civic project competition where students were challenged to come up with a project idea surrounding healthy living in Kuwait. Students presented their projects at the ceremony and winners were awarded. The youth play a very important role in the development of the country, and one of DDI’s primary goals is to involve the youth in health promotion activities to aid in spreading awareness.
Through such education and outreach programs, the Institute aims to nurture Kuwait’s future generations, empowering them to take on a more active role in their schools and communities, and leading them towards promoting and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Holding such activities and events stems from the Dasman Diabetes Institute’s mission statement which is to “To prevent, control and mitigate the impact of diabetes and related conditions in Kuwait through effective programs of research, training, education, and health promotion and thereby improve quality of life in the population.”