It is with a heavy heart to learn about the demise of our colleague and good friend, Her Excellency, Ms. Ameera bin Karam, last October 2016. It is a big blow to our cancer advocacy efforts in the UAE, particularly in Sharjah, where she was the President of the Board of Trustees and a founding member of Friends of Cancer Patients Society. Besides her devotion to help cancer patients, Ms. Bin Karam was admired for her commitment to the cause of women's empowerment as well as to the numerous humanitarian causes she was involved in. Her great contribution to cancer prevention and awareness and to the society in general will be greatly missed and her legacy will not be forgotten by the many people she had helped in her lifetime.
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We are celebrating the annual Cancer Awareness Week throughout the Gulf Region on Feb 1-7. This activity started last year as a partnership between the Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention (GCCCP) under the Executive Office of the Health Ministers’ Council for the GCC and the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control representing 17 cancer associations. We expect program announcements and activities to kick-off across the GCC very soon to mark the celebrations this year.
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The First Combined Cancer Conference “Awareness Strategy: Reality and Ambition” will be held on 2-3 April 2017 in Kuwait. This is a very interesting conference and the first to integrate multi-sectoral topics on the role and importance of awareness in educating people about cancer. In a series of partnership efforts, the Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention (GCCCP) under the Executive Office of the Health Ministers’ Council for the GCC and the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control have approved and endorsed this conference to encourage the participation of oncologists, psychologists, social workers, specialists in health care systems and education, nutrition and media professionals all over the gulf. We expect to see strategic collaborations resulting to combined studies and researches from multi-disciplinary professionals as the physiological, biological and cultural heritage of the Arab population have many things in common. Register now and download the First Announcement of the Conference at the GFFCC website.
Dr. Khaled Al Saleh