In order to further breast cancer awareness and women’s health in Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pink Pakistan Trust Karachi a non-profit organization have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI).
One of the most prevalent cancers in Pakistani women is breast cancer. In an effort to encourage the early detection and treatment of breast cancer HEC and Pink Pakistan have teamed up. By collaborating, HEC and Pink Pakistan aspire to significantly advance the health and well-being of women in the nation.
Chairman of the HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, officiated at the signing event, which took place at the HEC Secretariat in Islamabad. Dr. Zubaida Qazi President of Pink Pakistan and Mr. Muhammad Faisal Butt Director General of the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) HEC both signed the letter of intent. Dr. Shaista Sohail executive director of HEC also attended the ceremony.
In accordance with the LoI, HEC, and Pink Pakistan will work together on a number of campaigns, workshops, and seminars to educate students at universities and colleges all around Pakistan about breast cancer. Also, the two parties will collaborate to advance breast cancer research and provide tools and materials to improve the health and well-being of women.
Also, HEC will ask the institutions to give breast cancer research precedence. The facilitation of a project in medical universities to launch targeted substantial and ground-breaking research in the field of breast cancer will also be discussed by both parties.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed emphasized the need of prioritizing the treatment of breast cancer in his remarks at the signing event saying that “We need to take urgent action to raise awareness about breast cancer and to promote early identification and treatment. We hope to significantly improve the lives of women and their families all over Pakistan by working with Pink Pakistan. The Chairman also emphasized that HEC would support research in a number of critical fields, such as research into the origins and therapies of breast cancer.
Given that breast cancer is the most common disease in women in Pakistan and that instances are being reported at young ages with a high death rate, Dr. Zubaida Qazi expressed her thanks for the chance to work with HEC on this significant subject. Due to the fact that the majority of the study is done on the western population, we lack relevant research and risk factors with regard to Asian culture.
She asserted that it is imperative that everyone joins forces to promote early identification and follow-up care in order to support women’s health and well-being at the most fundamental level. The HEC is the main location for activities in the higher education sector and involving universities in public awareness campaigns. Due to culturally ingrained shyness and the taboo surrounding these diseases women in Pakistan lack fundamental understanding regarding early detection and screening mammography.
She informed the audience that breast cancer is one of the diseases that can be cured if caught early. She said that a Smartphone app had been developed expressly to provide links to later treatment methods information on breast cancer screening tools, and self-examination techniques.
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