In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have enjoyed your summer and Eid holidays!

I would like to thank all of you for the support and positive feedback that you have given in relation to the first issue of the ‘Children First’ e-Magazine. Your invaluable input is vital to the growth and success of our magazine. Please continue to provide us with your feedback.

It is with great pleasure that we present to you the second issue of ‘Children First’. As promised in our inaugural issue, within the following pages, we will provide an update on the progress of the six Task Forces, which are Child & Adolescent Mental Health (as part of the National Mental Health Strategy), Pediatric Cancer (as part of the National Cancer Strategy), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Pediatric Complex Care and Pediatric Pain Management.

Also, this issue features the stories of some of those who were supported by the Pediatric Education Steering Committee to participate in training abroad. They will elaborate on how their experiences have translated into improving the pediatric services provided at HMC.

Finally, as a new academic year begins at Hamad Medical Corporation, I would like to welcome our new residents and fellows to the Department of Pediatrics and wish you all a successful and exciting year ahead.

Dr. Mohammad Janahi

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics