A DIFI research report conducted by experts from Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI), University of Calgary and University of Guelph (Canada) and Doha International Family Institute (Qatar).
Exploring caregiving for the elderly is of the utmost importance as the family as a social institution is thought to be the cornerstone of society in Qatar. Also, the family is of particular importance for older individuals, especially when their physical and/or mental health declines and they can no longer function independently. Once this happens, it is often members of the family (e.g. a spouse or child) who become informal caregivers for the elderly person or persons requiring support. This report examines the impacts, challenges, benefits and coping mechanisms of family caregivers in Qatar.
It discusses the nature of the social risks threatening the Arab family and the roles played by Arab civil society organizations to alleviate these risks or manage their consequences. The issue centers around the nature of social risks threatening the Arab family and the roles played by Arab Civil Society Organizations to alleviate these risks or manage their consequences. The main findings of country reports indicate important risks threatening the Arab family, specifically poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, drops out from school, social marginalization and exclusion, spinsterhood, early marriage of girls, violence, drugs abuse, child labor and passive exposure to internet.
In 2009, the Doha International Family Institute funded an international study on the status of children with disabilities and their families entitled Children and the International Landscape of Disabilities (Project CHILD) initiated by the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University.