WAM SHARJAH, 17th February, 2014 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah today received Mr. Cary Adams, the Chief Executive Officer of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the accompanying delegation at Al Badea Al A’mer Palace, in presence of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP).
At the start of the meeting, Dr. Sheikh Sultan welcomed the guests, who were visiting the U.A.E. for the first time, and praised the efforts made by the UICC in raising cancer awareness and strengthening cooperation with various international organisations concerned in spreading cancer awareness and supporting cancer patients. He affirmed the emirate of Sharjah’s interest to cooperate with international organisations dedicated to spreading awareness and controlling serious diseases, including cancer.
The Sharjah Ruler said that he is personally eager, and with follow up of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, to strengthen cooperation and partnership with major international medical organisations dedicated to oncology. This interest has lead to the recent cooperation agreement signed between the University Hospital Sharjah and the Institut Gustave-Roussy in France, to set up a breast cancer centre at the hospital. He added that a new centre for Pediatric oncology will be opened soon in collaboration with Institut Gustave-Roussy.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan listened to a detailed briefing delivered by Mr Cary Adams about the role of Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi in the coming UICC activities for the next three years, in her capacity as International Ambassador of UICC World Cancer Declaration and the WCD International Ambassador for Pediatric Cancer.
During the meeting, Ruler’s wife signed a partnership agreement with the Union for International Cancer Control, in her capacity as the Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP). According to the agreement, She will be the first active and influential partner of the UICC in its coming projects, including the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR) and the UICC’s Global Education and Training Initiative (GETI).
According to the provisions of the agreement, the FoCP in the UAE will be promoted to be one of the UICC’s vanguard partners in the Together We Are Stronger campaign which aims to improve donors’ ability to support the international cancer community and drive action on a global scale.
Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi expressed her hope that the signed agreement with the UICC will contribute to achieving greater success in awareness campaigns and the other initiatives and projects planned by the UICC over the next years. She expressed eagerness to support, in every means possible, the UICC to help raise awareness, fight cancer, and limit the spread of this disease across the world. She paid tribute to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi for the launch of a number of awareness initiatives in the UAE and for his directives to cooperate with the UICC in spreading awareness and fighting cancer on a global level.