The Arab Forum for Women’s Health (femi health arab forum) was launched in Cairo under the slogan “Women and Cancer…from Prevention to Recovery” under the auspices of the Egyptian Society for Cervical Endoscopy, in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Administrative Development of the League of Arab States, and in the presence of the Minister of Social Solidarity, Dr. Dr. Nevin Kabbaj, Dr. Ahmed Morsi, Executive Director of the Presidential Initiative, Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Nasser Al-Qahtani, Director-General of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development, and a number of official bodies and organizations, senior doctors, artists and public figures.
The Secretary-General of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development, Ambassador Nasser Al-Qahtani, said that there are many challenges facing the advancement of women’s health in the Arab world, most notably the lack of the necessary infrastructure, and some social norms that impede dealing with women’s health, but there is hope for solidarity to advance women’s health, adding d. The forum aims to highlight the need to raise health awareness among Arab women regarding cancer diseases.
For his part, the President of the Egyptian Society of Cervical Endoscopy and the Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Muhammad Al-Azab, that there is a different vision and thought in Egypt that targets the citizen in general and the woman in particular, and this was represented in the presidential campaigns, most notably the 100 Million Health Campaign, and the Egyptian Initiative for Women’s Health, which confronts breast cancer by raising awareness of the importance of examination and early detection and providing opportunities for good treatment for injured women.
Al-Azab added: “I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the first sponsor of women’s health, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and to the Ministry of Health, which was able to implement the presidential initiatives for health in an impressive and appreciative manner,” indicating that the forum aims to communicate information in a simple way to all women, especially since there are types of cancers that we can Eliminate them through prevention, awareness and early detection.
During her speech, the Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, said that this forum is a successful platform to confront cancer diseases and raise awareness of the importance of early detection. October has become Arab Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Dr. Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, emphasized that a healthy life is the first and most important human right, especially for women, who represent a large proportion of Egyptian society, noting that the lack of financial resources is not always the main problem facing society, but sometimes the main problem is the lack of awareness and quality education. And health care. A woman who enjoys good health and good awareness can participate in all aspects of life, whether social, economic or political.
During her speech at the Arab Forum for Women’s Health, Kabbaj indicated that breast cancer is the highest prevalence among cancers that affect women with a rate of up to 35%, followed by liver cancer with a rate of 14%, then lymphoma with a rate ranging between 5-7%, then ovarian cancer. And the cervix by less than 5%, warning that there are 68,000 new cases of breast cancer, including 41,000 deaths, which is a worrying number because it indicates a lack of awareness of the importance and methods of early detection of the disease, especially with the high chances of recovery, which reach 98% if done. Early detection of the disease.
The Minister of Solidarity confirmed that there is still a lack of good health services in the countryside, especially with regard to women, due to the small number of female doctors who work in remote and border areas, in addition to the spread of circumcision and early marriage habits, which places health, psychological and physical burdens on women, as well as the lack of hygiene items and means of prevention. avoiding infection, repeated pregnancy and childbirth, and declining awareness of reproductive health, which prompted the state to place women’s health at the top of its priorities by launching the presidential initiative for women’s health, which includes early detection and treatment of breast cancer, pointing out that the Ministry of Social Solidarity will support this issue by supporting working civil society institutions In the field of women’s health, and increasing the number of community leaders from 2,500 to 20,000 pioneers. Among their tasks will be raising awareness of methods of early detection of breast cancer and reproductive health, in addition to launching an electronic system for civil institutions to organize the practice of civil work and discover the areas most lacking in various services, including health services.
Al-Qabbaj thanked all state institutions that support women’s and family issues in general, the Women’s Health Forum and the Egyptian Cervical Endoscopy Association for their tangible efforts in highlighting women’s health issues.
It is noteworthy that the Arab Forum for Women’s Health aims to shed light on cancers that threaten women’s health, especially breast cancer and the reproductive system, such as cancer of the cervix, ovaries and uterus, as well as raising the level of health awareness among Arab women to avoid the most common cancer diseases among women, and methods of prevention and early detection.