Senator Biden and World Health Leaders Launched Global Women’s Health Initiative with Ashoka Fellow Mohamed Shaalan

Breast cancer Foundation of Egypt (BCFE) chairperson Dr. Mohamed Shaalan, met with Josef Biden, US vice president, and his wife Dr. Jill Buden on honorary of the commence of the new breast cancer campaign by Susan G Komen for the cure. Dr. Mohamed shared his vision on means of American-Egyptian cooperation to support fighting the breast cancer in Middle East and North Africa.

Our family is honored to once again participate in the global fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. Biden. “I encourage everyone to join in this fight and support ongoing efforts of prevention, detection, and treatment of this disease as we work towards finding a cure and a future free of breast cancer.”

Shaalan participated in launch of the Komen Global Health Alliance bringing together health ministers, officials from the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, The Global Fund, along with ambassadors from over 15 countries. BCFE represented Egypt, as it is the first NGO to initiate breast cancer awareness and early detection campaigns in Egypt. BCFE also has great history in implementation of fighting breast cancer in Middle East.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Health Alliance brings world leaders together to fight women’s cancers on a global scale, particularly in the developing world where “a global cancer tsunami is already underway,” according to Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Komen for the Cure founder and CEO.  Brinker is Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the World Health Organization.

Delegates to the inaugural session signed a Joint Declaration urging that women’s cancers be included in global health agendas, saying “the cost in terms of women’s lives, lost economic opportunity, orphaned children, and devastated communities dictates that we must act now.” The declaration cites the need for collaboration, innovative partnerships, proven advocacy and awareness campaigns, and the support of foundation and corporate donors to save millions of lives worldwide.

The US-Middle East Partnership for Breast cancer Awareness and Research, in collaboration with Susan Komen for the Cure, organized a celebration on selecting Egypt as the third state globally – Following Germany and Italy- as partner in the global alliance of fighting breast cancer chaired by Komen. Moreover, Dr, Mohamed served on the Board of Directors of the Partnership and on the planning committee.

Globally, some 5.7 million women are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and more than half – 3.3 million – will die, according to data from the World Health Organization. Some 70 percent of new cancer cases are expected in low- and middle-resource countries, Brinker said.

On other hand, Dr. Shaalan presented a research paper at the Global summit on International Breast Health: Optimizing Healthcare Delivery in Chicago from 9 -11 June 2010. The paper tackled the situation of the healthcare of breast cancer patients in Egypt along with tools of diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation. In addition, the paper presented the services provided by BCFE for breast cancer patients. Dr. Shaalan focused also on awareness and early detection strategies in Egypt and cooperation with international health agencies.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, with 1.3 million new cases expected annually, followed by cervical cancer at 555,094 cases expected, and colo-rectal cancer at 536,662. Lung cancer is expected to be diagnosed in 440,000 women globally.

Breast cancer is the leading cancer killer of women worldwide, with almost 465,000 deaths predicted annually. Lung cancer is the second leading cancer killer of women worldwide with more than 376,000 deaths expected.

Ashoka Fellow Mohamed Shaalan and US Vice-President Joe Biden


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