The Women’s Research & Studies Center (WRSC), with the ongoing support of the UNDP and Kuwait University, recently held its sixth annual symposium, which focused on women’s health in its latest edition. The two day symposium was organized by Dr. Lubna Al-Kazi, Kuwait University professor and Director of WRSC, and inaugurated by Dr. Hussein Al-Ansari, President of Kuwait University. The event brought together a number of local and international institutions and organizations, and addressed a number of key areas including common health and mental issues faced by women, awareness and prevention, and the role culture plays.
In her opening remarks on the first day of the symposium, Dr. Lubna Al-Kazi emphasized the importance of shedding light on key issues affecting women’s physical, mental and emotional well-being, saying: “Awareness and access to knowledge about women’s health is of utmost importance for any healthy society. We reached out to a number of local and international experts to join us on our mission to spread education on important topics affecting women both locally and internationally.”
Dr. Elham Al-Hamdan, President & Medical Director of Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI), one of the many local institutes participating in the symposium, said: “Women constantly find themselves playing the role of caregiver, and as a result tend to neglect their own health and wellbeing. However, women face a multitude of complex health issues, and it is our responsibility as Kuwaiti institutions to come together and help raise awareness about the very important subject of women’s health.”
During the first day of the symposium, FSRI’s allied and medical health professionals participated in the panel on preventative strategies, discussing menopause and bone health. FSRI also conducted a workshop entitled “Early detection: Management of disabilities in children” presented by clinicians from their Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC).