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QU College of Pharmacy students hold awareness campaign on Anemia | Qatar University

QU College of Pharmacy students hold awareness campaign on Anemia

2019-04-20
College of Pharmacy students at QU raise awareness on anemia

The College of Pharmacy (CPH) at Qatar University (QU) recently held a campaign to raise awareness about anemia among QU students. The event was organized by members of the Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) who are students representing first professional year (P1) through fourth professional year (P4) pharmacy students, under the guidance and supervision of QU faculty members. The aim of this campaign was to educate the public, particularly youth, about different types of anemias: screening and early detection, signs and symptoms, myths and various treatment modalities.

CPH students set up a booth which included three main interactive stations. In the first station, CPH students simulated each person’s ‘blood sample’ with the blood type labeled on it and then briefed visitors on the major principles of anemia. In the second station, students interacted with visitors by giving them general information about anemia, its signs and symptoms, and testing them through trivia. The third station was intended to assess the basic knowledge of visitors by asking them multiple choice questions. then explaining the correct answers.

CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said: “The College of Pharmacy is very proud of its students for leading the initiative for the Anemia Outreach Campaign aimed at raising public awareness on an important and common topic. It is also a great chance to develop the students professionally and improve their leadership skills. This aligns with Qatar National Vision 2030 which targets human development, concentrates on building world-class education systems and creates an efficient and committed workforce that makes way for a competitive labor market.”

Assistant Professor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Practice section Dr Ziad Nasr said: “Our students did an amazing job setting up the booth, which attracted various visitors including students, staff and faculty members, even from other colleges. I witnessed how enthusiastic our students were about the topic, despite being in their early professional years, and how passionate and devoted they were to deliver information and interact with the crowd.”

QPhUS President and fourth year pharmacy student Ms Sara Thiab said: “The World Health Organization defines a seven-star pharmacist as a leader, teacher, caregiver, decision maker, life-long-learner, manager, and most importantly a communicator. Our profession has grown to make us health promoters. So even as students, we must practice being communicators, by spreading the knowledge we are gaining. It is our responsibility to raise awareness among our peers to improve health literacy among Qatar’s youth.”