Jan 17 2013

Friends of Cancer Patients royal patron Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi bound to Union for International Cancer Control Geneva, Switzerland

HH Sheikha Jawaher visits international headquarters for Cancer advocacy

Sharjah 17th January 2013: Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, His Royal Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Founder and royal Patron of the UAE Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP) will visit the Geneva based Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Her Highness' official delegation included HE Noura Al Noman Director General for Her Highness Executive Office, HE Erum Mazher Alvie Adviser management and development, HE Ameera BinKaram, President of the Board Of Trustees and a founding member of the FoCP, Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi FoCP Secretary General and Ms. Mariam Al Obeidli Media and PR executive.

This official visit came after a formal and special invitation was extended from the UICC CEO himself Mr Cary Adams to Her Highness, being the founder and patron of the UAE based charity the Friends of Cancer Patients who has been an official member of the UICC since 2010.

This special invitation came after FoCP participated in the latest UICC "World Cancer Congress" that took place in Montreal, Canada from 26 till 30 August 2012 . During that time FoCP showcased its numerous achievements and millstones reached during the 13 years since establishment in 1999 and also presented an important paper about Pink Caravan - its Pan-UAE breast cancer awareness campaign - which was launched in 2011 and which has garnered recognition as both a novel and effective approach towards providing education about, as well as early detection and screening for breast cancer.

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher commented that "UICC is responsible for providing leadership in the global fight against cancer, shaping research agenda, and setting the norms and standards that the FoCP aims to support, meet, and surpass in terms of goals and achievements. It is an honour to be invited to visit this organization and work with them in the global fight towards eradicating cancer."

Since its establishment in 1999 Friends of Cancer Patients (the only cancer specialised charity in UAE) has based its main objectives on Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi's personal vision of how the charity should function. Her Highness has played a pivotal role in the social development in the emirate of Sharjah for the past 30 years, making the family and children the main focus in all Her Highness's endless endeavours to advance community growth while preserving the heart of the community's values and principles. FoCP's main objectives are to provide UAE cancer patients and their families with financial, moral, and psychological support focusing on quality and patients centred services and to date they have touched the lives of more than 900 cancer patients and their families, with the help and support of Tawam hospital in Al Ain, Skywards programme of Emirates airline, Ministry of health in UAE, Dubai health Authority, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, the department of Islamic affairs and charitable work in Dubai and many others governmental, privet sectors and even individuals making their contribution a cornerstone in FoCP success . Their second main objective is to focus on cancer awareness and advocacy for the general public, with the aim of educating the community that early detection and screening is one of the most effective ways to save lives. Launched in 2011 to commemorate FoCP 's 10th anniversary, the new "KASHEF" initiative programme, which, focuses FoCP's ten years of experience in this field into a structured programme that has tangible results, is the direct result of their commitment to this objective.

With this historical visit FoCP will yet again place a new mark in its long history of achievements with the first FoCP high ranked official delegation visiting UICC headed by Her Highness. This visit to Switzerland aims to start a new chapter in Her Highness' humanitarian work as well and to build on Her Highness' active cancer advocacy and philanthropic role.

About Friends of Cancer Patients:
Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) is a UAE charitable organisation that functions under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah providing its services across the United Arab Emirates.

FoCP was established in late 1999 in accordance with the directives and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed AI Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah & Federal Supreme Council Member His Royal Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

Being the only cancer specific charity operating in the UAE, FoCP, an NGO and registered charity, has since its inception continuously delivered moral, financial, and clinical support to over 900 patients and their families, regardless of their nationality, gender, age, religion, or ethnicity. The primary focus is on promoting awareness around early detectable cancers within the UAE community. FoCP has also initiated numerous leading cancer focused awareness programmes targeting the community, which have become recognised locally, regionally, and internationally.

FoCP is committed to helping cancer patients and their families get through the long and arduous journey of cancer treatment. Their motto is "We're with you". FoCP provides a broad spectrum of support including, covering medication expenses for chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments, in addition to expenses for investigative and surgical operations. They also provide transportation and food allowances for underprivileged cancer patients, facilitate in sending patients abroad for treatment, provide prosthetic limbs, medical equipment, psychological and moral support for patients and their families.

FoCP's volunteer team consists of businessmen and women, doctors, nurses, students, and the families of patients from various nationalities who have undertaken the responsibility of helping and supporting cancer patients. FoCP is constantly raising the bar and setting new targets to expand on its achievements to date and empower the community to change the cultural and social stigma associated with cancer.

FoCP is a member and affiliate of a number of different organisations including, the Kuwait-based Gulf Federation for Cancer Control, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) based in Geneva Switzerland, and the US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research which is supported by the US Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). FoCP is constantly working with a diverse range of companies and corporations to raise the funds needed to continue their efforts, which have garnered widespread recognition and awards from numerous leading institutions, locally, regionally, and internationally.

For any further information or inquiry, please contact;
Amanda Rushforth
Senior Account Manager
SAHARA Communications
Mob: +971 50 5520391
Email: amanda@saharagcc.com

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