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News Bites Autumn 2020

THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MOPH) has launched an electronic colouring book for children called “Heroes of the White Army”. The book aims to increase awareness about the Covid-19 pandemic and to commemorate the efforts of frontline healthcare staff—the heroes—such as doctors, nurses, and paramedics in the fight against the virus. It also contains child-friendly tips by the heroes on how to deal with the pandemic. The colouring book is available for download in Arabic and English from a dedicated section of the MoPH website.


SIDRA MEDICINE now only accepts card payments from customers. According to a statement on the Sidra Medicine website, this decision will help to reduce waiting times for customers at registration and keep them safer by lowering the risk of Covid-19 transmission. This change extends to all of Sidra Medicine’s services, including pharmacies, cafeterias and cafes, and the gift shop.



THE BRITISH COUNCIL, in collaboration with HSBC, has launched a free app for young people called “Taqaddam”, which aims to help them develop important life skills. The app was launched on 15 July 2020 to coincide with World Youth Skills day and contains 30 interactive “missions” to help youth with self-development. Taqaddam is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.



THE DOHA METRO project has bagged the prestigious Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) International Award 2020, according to Qatar Rail. This award is granted to transportation infrastructure and services outside of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland that are considered outstanding.