Organized by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) with funding from the World Bank through the Development Corporation , involving some 158 children suffering from diabetes along with their families, a day of fun filled games, laughter and entertainment on the Gaza beach. As part of the project “Be Active, Despite Diabetes” Dr. Hassan Zein Eddine, Medical director of chronic diseases, says that in order to effectively reduce children from psychological aspects of diseases, effective treatments and services under a proper framework must be implemented. "By offering a number of programs involving different means and methods of action to the Palestinian people, we are working on reducing the prevalence of diabetes in the Gaza Strip.”
Through PMRS’s methods in the training and rehabilitation of childhood diabetes, Mohammed Abu Afash, director of laboratories in PMRS, presents a different style of health training. He believes that children must talk to each other, direct each other, guide each other through the information given on diabetes and how to deal with them. Through this method of rehabilitation, children with diabetes can better assist and support each other in their fight against diabetes. Afash goes on to say that parents participation in the rehabilitation process is highly encouraged for the reduction of the disease and by familiarizing them with the disease, it greatly beneficial to the healing process.
"We are delighted at the opportunities provided for the sick children and we hope to continue service through PMRS, hoping to continue funding for relief," says Munther Abdul Hadi, representative of the Development Corporation. Abdul Hadi praised the distinctive role of PMRS during the project period through the use of various means of support and adoption cases of children with diabetes. Furthermore, this activity demonstrates the apparent need and credibility of their work. Moreover, the special relationship between PMRS, patients and their families.
In turn, Dr. Waheeb Al-Dahuk, Consultant of Diabetes and Endocrinology affirms that the civilization of nations is measured in the interest of their children. There is a call to parents for an increase attention and follow-up for their children. A call to work on the early detection of the disease, stressing that the process is a joint operation between parents, children and development institutions, and announced the desire of parents to help guide the rehabilitation of diabetes in children, through which will protect our children, the "Children of the Future."
A consultant at center of chronic diseases, Niveen El-Sheikh, was pleased of the performance done by the children and parents, which confirms the extent and need of awareness and understanding by children and parents about diabetes. She stressed that this effort has a positive impact on the lives of children, which enhanced and reduced psychological and social pressures of parents and children, as well as alleviates the existing resentment in children because of this disease.
It is by addressing the disease in recreational methods—such as entertainment—that have been successful in raising awareness and understanding in Palestinian families. As part of the program an art event was created, where plays about the illness were preformed, songs were sang, and drawings were shown off. All done with the help of administrative staff and nursing at the center of chronic diseases with the participation of children patients.
PMRS circulated todays recreational guide for parents whose children suffer from diabetes, which included health messages and guidance on how to deal with diabetes, which reflects a full and comprehensive education for parents.