Wed 19-10-2022 15:59 PM
DUBAI, 19th October, 2022 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Member of Dubai Council, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, visited Majlis Al Amal, the UAE’s first cancer drop-in centre, established by Al Jalila Foundation.
Majlis Al Amal is the first community centre of its kind that provides a “home away from home” for female cancer patients and survivors.
H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed was welcomed at the offices of Al Jalila Foundation by Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, and Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of the Foundation.
Sheikha Latifa was briefed about the organisation’s healthcare programmes transforming patients' lives.
She was also briefed on the progress of the project to build “Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital”, the UAE’s first cancer charity hospital, being developed by Al Jalila Foundation with the mission of redefining cancer care in the region.
Sheikha Latifa toured Majlis Al Amal where cancer patients can drop in anytime for information, take part in art workshops, and attend educational sessions conducted by medical experts.
The centre features several other activities designed to enhance the well-being of its members. The services of the centre are offered free of charge by volunteers passionate about making a difference to the lives of women affected by cancer.
During her visit, which supports international breast cancer awareness month being marked in October, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed commended the Foundation’s various teams that work behind its programmes. “Al Jalila Foundation’s philanthropic medical initiatives have brought significant benefits to the community.
“Majlis Al Amal is one of the Foundation’s exceptional programmes that supports the physical and mental well-being of female cancer patients and survivors. It was very inspiring to meet and hear the incredible stories of some of the strong women who have found a sense of community and belonging in Majlis Al Amal. I look forward to the continued positive impact of the Foundation’s medical, education, support, and research programmes on people’s lives,” she said.
Dr. Al Gurg stated, “Majlis Al Amal supports cancer patients and survivors as they navigate the disease and its challenges. Al Jalila Foundation aims to provide a support network in a safe, nurturing environment to women coping with the disease. The centre aims to keep the message of hope alive and improve the well-being of women during a very difficult time in their life.”
Dr. Al Olama commented, “Majlis Al Amal provides a platform where women can speak openly about their fears, share experiences and lean on each other for comfort and support. All the services and activities are designed to inspire, nurture and support women as they navigate their cancer journey. We are proud to have created this unique, life-changing community service in the UAE for the first time."
Since inception in 2013, Al Jalila Foundation has extended AED10 million worth of support to 168 women with cancer unable to afford quality medical care, through its “A’awen” programme. With the rising incidence of cancer and the consequent need for charity support for patients, Al Jalila Foundation is establishing ‘Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital’, the first comprehensive cancer charity hospital in the UAE, which brings together leading experts to manage prevention, diagnosis and treatment under one roof.
As a member of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), which aims to improve the Arab world through humanitarian, developmental and community work, Al Jalila Foundation has, since inception, provided life-saving aid, locally and internationally, contributing to MBRGI’s mission to improve human life.