Gaza Strip-Hebron -ActionAid Palestine (AAP) concluded different activities on occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month-pink October through its programs of women empowerment in Gaza and West Bank. Those activities that were implemented in partnership with AAP’s local Partners and Palestinian Ministry of Health aimed at raising awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and self-checking for breast cancer.
Those activities targeted more than 465 women in marginalized areas in the south-east of Hebron Governorate including towns of Sikka, Jalajel, Al-Kum, southern area and Old city of Hebron(H2) and a number of towns in Gaza Strip as Al-Maharajah, Wadi Al-Salqah, Al-Musdar, Rafah and east Khan Younis. These activities were implemented in line with guidelines of COVID-19 safety measures.
Women were fully briefed on how self-checking can be conducted and guidelines about the most important healthy specialist centers of early diagnosis. A number of women were referred for conducting mammogram.
Those activities were implemented in parallel to media messages that were conveyed through distribution of printed brochures and audio-visual videos urging women to conduct early diagnosis and mammogram which is considered the most important component in the process of diagnosis. Stories and videos showing the suffering of Gazan women infected with breast cancer were screened and published since they were denied access to East Jerusalem for receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.
According to the recent statistics issued by the Palestinian Ministry of health, death cases caused by breast cancer compromised 14% of death cases in Palestine in general. The incidence of cancer in Palestine is 116 cases per 100,000 people. The most common cause of death out of all cancer types was breast cancer among females. Breast cancer constitutes 32% of the total types of cancers among women in the world. Breast cancer constitutes 16.5% of all kinds of cancers among Palestinians in 2020.
ActionAid in Palestine (AAP) is a part of global federation working for social justice and gender equality and eradicate poverty in more than 45 countries around the world. AAP started its work in Palestine in 2007 to strengthen the resilience of Palestinian People as ActionAid believes that they should enjoy their rights to freedom, justice and self-determination. AAP implements a number of programs through its engagement with communities and women and youth groups seeking to empower them and enhance their influential civil and political participation to understand their rights and undertake collective activism to address the protracted rights violations resulting from the prolonged occupation of Palestine. AAP works simultaneously to enhance their leadership capacity and knowledge to practice their citizenship in holding authorities and other duty bearers to account.
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