KIB strate­gic spon­sor for Sidra’s aware­ness meet­ing ‘I’m Stronger than Can­cer’

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

As part of its con­tin­ued strate­gic part­ner­ship with Al-Sidra As­so­ci­a­tion for the Psy­cho­log­i­cal Care of Can­cer Pa­tients, and in honor of In­ter­na­tional Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Bank (KIB) re­cently spon­sored Al-Sidra’s Third An­nual Aware­ness Meet­ing en­ti­tled “I’m Stronger Than Can­cer”. Held un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikha Azza Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah, Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors at Al-Sidra As­so­ci­a­tion, the meet­ing took place at Al-Sha­heed Park and fea­tured a num­ber of ex­perts and ac­tivists in the field of breast can­cer aware­ness. The third edi­tion of this an­nual aware­ness event aimed to shed light on the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion in breast can­cer, with a spe­cial fo­cus on the im­por­tance of men­tal health and main­tain­ing a pos­i­tive out­look dur­ing the treat­ment jour­ney, in or­der to max­i­mize the body’s re­sponse to treat­ment. The meet­ing in­cluded a num­ber of lec­tures ad­dress­ing dif­fer­ent top­ics re­lated to the dis­ease, avail­able treat­ment meth­ods and the chal­lenges fac­ing pa­tients dur­ing their treat­ment jour­neys. Speak­ers in­cluded writer and can­cer sur­vivor Dalaa Al-Mufti, pro­fes­sion­ally trained life coach Ali Dashti, and can­cer sur­vivor and aware­ness am­bas­sador Shar­i­fah Al-Haqbani. The meet­ing also fea­tured a dis­cus­sion panel mod­er­ated by Dr Shafika AlAwadhi, Head of the Chemo­ther­apy Depart­ment at Kuwait Can­cer Con­trol Cen­ter and Pres­i­dent of Al-Sidra As­so­ci­a­tion.

Within this con­text, Man­ager of the Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit at KIB, Nawaf Na­jia, said: “KIB’s sponsorship of this event comes in line with its ef­forts to play an ac­tive role in rais­ing aware­ness across Kuwait about the dif­fer­ent facets of breast can­cer; es­pe­cially the im­por­tance of reg­u­lar screen­ing and the need to be self-aware when it comes to symp­toms - given that early de­tec­tion can in­crease the chances of suc­cess­ful treat­ment.”

He fur­ther added: “Our strate­gic part­ner­ship with Al-Sidra comes as a re­sult of our strong be­lief in the im­por­tant role they play as a safe haven that pro­vides pa­tients with the nec­es­sary psy­cho­log­i­cal tools to face this dis­ease and hope­fully beat it. We are also ap­pre­cia­tive of their ef­forts to cre­ate a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for can­cer pa­tients to help them bet­ter adapt to their con­di­tions and ul­ti­mately en­hance their re­sponse to treat­ment.” Na­jia also pointed out that un­der the aus­pice of its lead­ing so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, KIB of­fers strate­gic sup­port to Al Sidra through­out the year, spon­sor­ing all of the As­so­ci­a­tion’s dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and ini­tia­tives. KIB also pro­vides sup­port to Al-Sidra in its ef­forts to pro­vide pa­tients and their fam­i­lies with com­pre­hen­sive treat­ment and aware­ness ser­vices across all stages of the dis­ease, through a pro­gram of ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port groups pro­vided by its net­work of men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als.

KUWAIT: Kuwait Gulf Oil Com­pany (KGOC) or­ga­nized a train­ing course re­cently for Kuwait Na­tional Guard backup unit of­fi­cers at the liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas plant in Shuaiba.

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