As the Manager of Screening Programs within Primary Health Care Corporation in Qatar, Dr. Shaikha Sami AbuShaikha plays a vital role in implementing the national population-based Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening Programs. Her mandate is to expand preventive and community-based healthcare by taking this ‘Prevention’ message to a wider audience and connecting more effectively with the public. She spares no effort to work closely with medical professionals, social workers and communities at all levels to encourage preventive health measures for Breast, Bowel and Cervical Cancer.
Starting out with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree from the Arabian Gulf University, she is a senior consultant in Community Health and Preventive Medicine. Also Dr. Shaikha obtained a master’s degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in ‘Healthcare Management’. This empowered her to take on senior responsible positions within Primary Health Care Corporation as Manager of the Special Care Services Program and later as Manager of Screening Programs.
In her role as the lead of Cancer Programs, Dr. Shaikha believes that the public needs to get a deeper understanding of the benefits of early screening which can lead to successful treatment. She is also well known as the driving force behind PHCC’s ‘Screen for Life’ program which works in tandem with Qatar’s National Cancer Strategy.