Arabyana Embasador’s of Cervical Cancer

cervical copyIn cooperation with GlaxoSmithKline “gsk” a science-led global healthcare companies that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Arabyana members were selected as ambassadors of Cervical Cancer Campaign. Arabyana NGO was selected because it consists of women founders and because it is an organization that focuses on women’s issues. Unfortunately many women die yearly because of this disease. This campaign aims at educating women about the disease and to let them take the needed vaccination before marriage and necessary scanning after marriage.

More than 70 per cent of cervical cancers caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be prevented through vaccination, yet the UAE doesn’t have a mandatory vaccine programme.

According to medical experts, the current vaccine coverage against HPV is low in the country. Rough estimates by doctors in the private sector peg the coverage at 25 per cent. 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers cervical cancer as the second most common cancer in women worldwide with about 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year.

In the UAE, the rate is 7.4 per 100,000 women.

More than 70 per cent of all cervical cancers are caused by the HPV strains 16 and 18. Two vaccines protect against these two strains.

The Immunisation Guidelines by the Department of Public Health and Safety at the DHA approved Gardasil (by Merck & Co) and Cervarix (by GlaxoSmithKline).

The HPV immunisation requires three doses — administered intramuscularly — of either type of vaccine, starting at age nine.

The push for mandatory immunisation against the HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide, saw the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announce last month a campaign offering free vaccines to Emirati women aged 18-26 in Abu Dhabi.

In 2012, the Hamdan Medical Award recommended mandatory nation-wide pre-marriage vaccination against HPV for Emirati women. The recommendation was directed at decision makers.


Showcasing “Our Right to Ride” Trailer at Dubai Women’s Campus During the 20th Anniversary

E20thmirati women’s progress in the UAE was celebrated at Dubai Women’s College’s (DWC) 20th anniversary celebrations last week.

Emirati women’s progress in the UAE was celebrated at Dubai Women’s College’s (DWC) 20th anniversary celebrations last week. The college is one of the 16 campuses of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), awarded DWC partners and outstanding alumni for their support and achievements. In his speech, he thanked everybody who had contributed to making the last 20 years at DWC a success.

“Since its inception in 1989, Dubai Women’s College emphasised its role as an essential bridge between the present and the future. It enabled its students to understand their opportunities and responsibilities to serve their country while living in a constantly changing global community.”

Safia Saeed Al Raqabani, Director of Development at Zayed University, highlighted the fact that 70 per cent of college graduates in the UAE are female.

Recent DWC graduate Hanan Al Muhairi was at DWC exhibiting the trailer of her movie Arabyana. The film tackles the issue of women horse riders in UAE society. Hanan works for the Dubai Police while pursuing her passion for filmmaking. She was awarded as a DWC alumnus for her work.

“I’m interested in making films, like dramas and documentaries. I’m not interested in [music] video clips,” she said.

By Rania Moussly, Notes Staff Reporter at Gulf News