Dasman Diabetes Institute, which was established by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), held its 2nd “Friends of Dasman” Annual Gala Dinner on April 26th in an effort fundraise for its “Student Ambassadors” program and thank the “Friends of Dasman” for their continuous support to its mission of combating the diabetes epidemic in Kuwait.

The event was held at the Dasman Diabetes Institute and was attended by H.E. the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Mr. Matthew Tueller, and Cuba’s Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Mr. Andes González, Ms. Shaikha Al-Bahar, Deputy CEO of the National Bank of Kuwait, Dr. Kazem Behbehani, Director General of the Dasman Diabetes Institute, as well as other distinguished guests and members of the Kuwaiti community.

The event highlighted the achievements of the Institute for the past year. The keynote speech of the evening was delivered by the honorary guest, Ms. Sheikha Al-Bahar, who spoke about the vital role that Dasman Diabetes Institute plays in the society and its continuous efforts to combat the epidemiology of diabetes through raising awareness and promoting health education amongst school students and the public. Ms. Al-Bahar reiterated that Dasman Diabetes Institute has become a regionally and internationally recognized Institute for diabetes in less than a decade.

The “Friends of Dasman” foundation is a group of individuals who support the initiatives and activities of the Dasman Diabetes Institute. Dr. Kazem Behbehani commented, “Through all the initiatives and programs of the Dasman Diabetes Institute and support of the “Friends of Dasman,” collectively we are all working towards finding innovative ways to reversing the diabetes epidemic in Kuwait. The Annual Gala brought together all the individuals and organizations whose support and contributions are integral to the success of the endeavor.“

The Student Ambassadors program is an initiative led by the Education and Training Department of the Institute. It will provide students with real life working experience by offering internships to students where they will have the opportunities to learn and teach outreach sessions and work in research laboratories. The purpose of this program is to build the capacity of students in Kuwait with the intent of making them the future advocates for combating diabetes.

Dr. Bahareh Azizi, Director of Business Development and Communications, spoke about the long-term impact of all the outreach and awareness programs in the Kuwaiti community and said,“ We believe in this program and know that it can make a difference because the Kuwaiti youth are the agents of change in the country. It is our responsibility to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to build a healthier society for themselves and the future generations of Kuwait.”

For the past year, the Dasman Diabetes Institute has been raising awareness and understanding on the value of leading a healthy and active lifestyle through outreach initiatives in public and private schools.