UAE’s Friends of Cancer Patients Association Supports the Treatment of 6 Patients at the KHCC

Amman, June 21, 2021 - As part of its support to the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) and Center (KHCC), the Friends of Cancer Patients Association (FOCP), based in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, provided financial support in the amount of 54,000 dirhams (Approx. $14,549) during the past year, to cover the cost of treatment of 6 underprivileged breast cancer patients.

This support comes within the framework of the five-year partnership between Friends of Cancer Patients and the KHCF, which aims to support the Foundation's efforts to provide comprehensive treatment for underprivileged patients, through the (FOCP's) Ameera Fund.

The FOCP’s support was granted to two patients from Jordan, two from Syria, a patient from Iraq and another from Palestine, wherein chemotherapy and hormonal therapy were provided in addition to periodic follow-up sessions.

Mrs. Nisreen Qatamish, Director General of the KHCF, said: "We thank Friends of Cancer Patients for its international efforts in spreading cancer awareness and supporting our mission, as this support will leave a positive impact on the lives of our patients and give them hope."

For her part, Dr. Sawsan Al Madi, Director General of FOCP, said: “The organization’s support for the KHCF and KHCC comes within the framework of its international efforts and initiative aimed at helping cancer patients and promoting awareness about its causes and prevention, in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Founding President of FOCP, by providing moral, material, and medical support to cancer patients regardless of their nationalities and ages.

The Ameera Fund allocates 40% of its budget to support patients in the UAE, 30% to support patients outside the country, while 30% is allocated to contribute to building the capacities of institutions and organizations working in the field of cancer control inside and outside the UAE.

It is noteworthy that FOCP was established in 1999 with the aim of reducing the financial and mental burdens imposed by cancer on patients and their families, in addition to promoting awareness on the importance of early detection. The organization provided financial and mental support to thousands of patients and their families, of all nationalities and backgrounds, residing in the UAE. The donations collected by the organization cover high-cost treatments such as chemotherapy, radiology, and even surgeries, as well as urgent costs incurred by patients during the early stages of their treatment and care journey.