Sanofi KSA launches next generation basal insulin

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sheikh
Updated 06 March 2018
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Sanofi KSA launches next generation basal insulin

The control of blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes stays sub-optimal, with one in two patients on treatment for diabetes not reaching their glycemic objectives. With the aim of resolving this unmet need of patients, Sanofi KSA has launched a next generation basal insulin.
Dr. Saud Al-Sifiri, head of the endocrinology department at Al-Hada Hospital, said: “The International Diabetes Federation Report 2015 showed that the prevalence of diabetes in Saudi Arabia is 20 percent in the adult population. This ranks Saudi Arabia as the highest in the Middle Eastern countries and No.6 worldwide. This is primarily due to increasing obesity, sedentary lifestyles and an aging population and is the cause of substantial morbidity and mortality.”
Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sheikh, professor of internal medicine and endocrinology at King Abdul Aziz University and chairman of the Saudi Diabetes Society, added: “Hypoglycemia is associated with a high cost for the patient, the health care system, and society at large; there has been associated direct cost of hypoglycemia like hospitalization, physician cost and emergency cost, and indirect cost including the absence from work, reduced work capability and other related accidents. All of these have a direct effect on reducing quality of life, and reduced or even lost work capacity are additional costs to society.”
Dr. Ahmed Serag said: “Sanofi is proud of its leadership and long heritage in diabetes and insulin therapies, consisting of a vast offering of insulins which have supported patients in the management of their diabetes for more than a year.
We are committed to bringing innovative therapies that go beyond the pill and intend to provide much better health results for individuals with diabetes in Saudi Arabia. With the introduction of the next generation basal insulin we provide a reliable option that will resolve some of the previously unmet needs of diabetic patients in the Kingdom.”
According to the WHO, it is estimated that there have been more than 760,000 emergency hospitalizations per year; due to diabetes.
The cost of diabetes is around SR17 billion ($4.53 billion) per year; it is estimated to rise to SR27 billion if undiagnosed patients undergo treatment and eventually it will rise even further to SR43 billion if pre-diabetic patients became diabetic.


Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018
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Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”