Geneva, October 11 (QNA) – The State of Qatar has asserted its keenness on adopting various measures for psychological and mental wellbeing, specially for children, highlighting the educational and rehabilitative role of Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs through its services in the fields of special care, social services, and psychiatry.
The remarks came during a speech by HE Qatar’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva Sheikha Alia Ahmed Bin Saif Al Thani at the opening session for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme held by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.
HE Al Thani stressed commitment towards individuals’ rights, specially those who suffer from psychological and mental disorders due to their need for continuous and effective care.
The State of Qatar’s constitution ensured healthcare for individuals through article 23, which indicates the State’s commitment towards general health and the provision of prevention and treatment methods against diseases and epidemics by law, she clarified.
HE Qatar’s Permanent Representative pointed out that the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), which is the State’s supreme body in charge of healthcare, has formulated a National Health Strategy 2011-2016 aimed at achieving a comprehensive system providing services bolstered by research.
Best Buddies Qatar is one of the most important specialized centers placing methodologies to integrate individuals with intellectual disabilities into society, enabling them to find an arena for expression and participation like other children, and preparing different strata within the community for treating them with no discrimination, she said.
The State of Qatar has revised existing legislation and worked on new bills ensuring the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities in general, and specifically intellectual disabilities, Al Thani said, presenting the example of the bill to modify some of the provisions of Law No. (2) for the year 2004 concerning individuals with special needs, in light of the accession of the State of Qatar into the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (QNA)