Pink Caravan campaign begins journey on April 2

SHARJAH — ‘The Pink Caravan – Riding for Courage’, an initiative of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) and supported by Sharjah Islamic Bank, will start its journey to raise awareness about breast cancer in the UAE from the emirate on April 2.

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Published: Thu 31 Mar 2011, 11:34 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:26 AM

The caravan, led by Emirati riders, will travel across the country. It will start its trip from the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club passing through all emirates of the UAE, setting up more than 10 mobile clinics and visiting around 21 schools along the way, and will end its journey at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi on April 11. During a Press conference held to announce the schedule, the attendees were treated to a horse riding performance. The horses were donated by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for an auction held in February, which raised about Dh1.5 million in support of the Pink Caravan Campaign.

To emphasise the importance of spreading awareness and early detection, the Awareness Committee of the Pink Caravan campaign has selected a group of qualified and well-trained medical staff to work onboard the caravan. The committee has divided the medical professionals into three teams to provide daily health services at three important sites, such as medical clinics, schools or shopping malls, on the campaign’s route.

Addressing the Press conference, Wafa Khalfan Bu Rungain, Project Executive of the Pink Caravan, said the medical teams will carry out assignments like educating women on how to perform monthly self-examination of breasts in easy and simple ways for early detection of cancer and importance of conducting regular detection examinations for women above the age of 20 years. These examinations will be conducted using SureTouch technology, which will be explained to the women by the teams. They will also refer women for free mammography and ultrasound screenings and answer queries raised by attendants, she said.

The teams will distribute campaign-related brochures. “The Pink Caravan is not a mini breast cancer campaign, but it is a pan-UAE initiative which acts as a supporter and an umbrella for all breast cancer awareness programmes all over the country. We are operating on a national level, including ach rural area,” she added.

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