Sharjah: Pink Caravan’s medical teams continued their tour across the country, offering early cancer detection screenings and awareness lectures during the current year from April to June. The medical teams visited a number of hospitals and medical centers in various cities and remote areas across the country where they received notable response from the public.
The Pink Caravan’s Medical and Awareness Committee strives to reach to the largest possible number of beneficiaries so as to spread greater awareness about breast cancer and encourage regular examinations for early detection of the disease.
The nationwide cancer awareness campaign was launched in April 2011 with the aim of raising funds to help the Pink Caravan acquire a 3D mammogram clinic, which will offer free screenings and medical tests for Emiratis and expatriates.
The Pink Caravan campaign received great support and cooperation from many government and private bodies, including the Ministry of Health, the Dubai Health Authority and the Abu Dhabi Health Authority. In addition, great support and cooperation was shown by TaHospital in Al Ain, Canadian Specialized Hospital in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah Private Hospital, the Medicare Medical Centre, the UAE Genetic Diseases Association and Sharjah University.
The Pink Caravan kicked off from Sharjah and wrapped up its 10-day journey in Abu Dhabi after marking more than 330 kilometres on horseback. More than 100 riders – both men and women – took part in the nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign.
The Pink Caravan stopped at different sites throughout its journey across the Emirates, offering free early detection screenings for both Emiratis and expatriates of various nationalities living in the UAE at mobile medical clinics, schools, and shopping malls where lectures and presentations were also delivered.
The three- year nationwide campaign, which was launched in April 2011, will run through until 2014, in order to achieve its humanitarian goals and to further increase the number of people benefiting from its free medical exams and awareness lectures.