His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi inaugurates 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017  
December 10, 2017
Sharjah: The Second Global NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Alliance Forum 2017” was inaugurated by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah on Saturday afternoon at the Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre.

The international summit with 350 delegates, mostly civil society members and from the non-government organizations in 68 countries, is under the directives and patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, founder and royal patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients and patron of Global NCD Alliance Forum. The theme is of the forum is “Stepping Up the Pace on NCDs: Making 2018 Count.” In his inaugural speech, Sheikh Sultan repeatedly acknowledged the big help of the civil society in letting governments of their respective countries be more conscious and more active in promoting health of the people against NCDs. Sheikh Sultan highlighted the urgent need to hold an international gathering of like-minded individuals from across the globe, saying that NCDs have become a burden to each and every country, adding that current records have shown that globally, topping the list is cancer with 100 million people affected with 15 million deaths per year.

Relating cancer to excessive tobacco use, Sheikh Sultan said it was two years back that Sharjah led in the prohibition of smoking in public places such as workplaces and cafes. Following cancer is obesity and for this, the Ruler of Sharjah mentioned that soon, the emirate will be rolling out air-conditioned walkways so that even in the hottest five months of the year, residents and visitors would be able to jog or walk around the city for health as rubber-paved pathways have been provided for already. It was 32 years ago when Sharjah banned alcohol, the third leading cause of NCDs. Sheikh Sultan said all the achievements could not have been accomplished without the help of the civil society. NCD Alliance president Jose Luis Castro said the constant ballooning of the NCDs on the global scale is a “global tsunami” sparing no country nor government, adding that its socio-economic cost hit $7 trillion, equivalent to the combined gross domestic product of France, India and Brazil in 2016. World Health Organization - High Level Commission co-chairman and former Pakistan health minister Dr. Sania Nishtar said the sordid plight of the poor, the sick and the hungry across the globe could only be mitigated through a leadership committed to erase these conditions. She said the Sharjah leadership is an exemplary example of that leadership. The summit is in preparation to the Sept. 2018 high level meeting at the United Nations wherein all countries and governments will be requested to report on how they have tackled NCDs in relation to the sustainable goals of the international body. Sharjah hosted the first convention of the NCD forum in 2015 from where recommendations from the delegates was later known as the Sharjah Declaration.

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National campaign for breast cancer awareness launched in Riyadh

14 October 2017  
Riyadh: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar on Friday held a ceremony to launch the national campaign for breast cancer awareness titled “Minutes can be transformed into years” organized by Zahra Breast Cancer Association, in cooperation with many governmental and non-governmental bodies. The ceremony was held at the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) Club.

Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, Chairwoman of the Zahra Association, stressed the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The secret of Zahra’s success is the cooperation and coordination between the public and private sectors, she added. She signed four agreements, in the presence of Prince Faisal, between the association and King Abdullah Hospital, the Saudi National Committee for Mental Health Promotion, the Saudi Physical Therapy Association, and the Saleh Al-Alyan Organization. Prince Faisal said: “We appreciate the important work of the Zahra Association and I am happy to see such an organization, so I call on Princess Haifa and the fellow board members to continue their work, and I ask patients to cooperate with the association for their own interest.” Meanwhile, the fight against cancer in women will top the agenda of the Ministry of Health during its participation in the global health awareness program to be launched in the Kingdom shortly. According to an official from the ministry, creating awareness on the prevention of cancer will be a priority because of the increasing incidence of the disease in the Kingdom. He added that the program will include several activities and awareness programs through social networking sites, malls, public places and parks. Patients detected with breast cancer in the early stages through mammogram tests have a 95 percent chance of recovery from the disease. He explained that the target group for mammogram tests includes women who are above the age 40, or are 30 to 40 years of age if the woman has a family history of the disease.

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Saudi archaeological site lit in pink for breast cancer awareness month

8 October 2017
The archaeological site Mada’in Saleh within the Province of Al-Madinah was bathed in pink lights to support awareness campaigns during breast cancer month.
The health sector in the governorate of Al-Ula, where Mada’in is located, launched several events for raising awareness for early detection of breast cancer under the title of “Complete your battles”. The campaign targets awareness and prevention of breast cancer risks. According to international studies, one out of eight women suffer from the disease, and 95 percent of these cases can be cured if diagnosed early.

Sourced and edited from: http://english.alarabiya.net

KIB sponsors Al-Sidra Association’s breast cancer awareness campaign
Oct. 16, 2017

Kuwait: In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kuwait International Bank (KIB) announced its sponsorship of the awareness campaign organized by Al-Sidra Association for Psychological Care of Cancer Patients, which is taking place throughout the month of October. This sponsorship comes as part of the Bank’s expansive breast cancer awareness campaign, as well as its long-standing strategic partnership with Al-Sidra Association.