United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Scan Today, Not Tomorrow

ministry of health and prevention (
Government
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    Intro

    The Ministry of Health and Prevention launched its first awareness and preventive campaigns for early detection of breast cancer, under the slogan "Scan Today, Not Tomorrow" and the launch of the campaign was based on the strategy of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, which is keen to provide the UAE community with integrated, comprehensive, distinct and innovative health services to ensure community protection from diseases, in line with "UAE Vision 2021", and to promote the culture of early detection as one of the priorities of the national agenda. The campaign comes in line with the Ministry’s strategy to combat cancer and reduce its impact on society by raising awareness about the importance of screening and early detection.

    Description

    The launch of the " Scan Today, Not Tomorrow " campaign comes within the framework of the Ministry's efforts to achieve the national agenda for the UAE Vision 2021 aimed at implementing a health system based on the highest international standards. These activities will support the initiatives of universal periodic screening and "early detection of cancer", as well as within its strategic direction towards strengthening Prevention and awareness methods to protect society from diseases. Where it is one of the Ministry's efforts targeted at Emirati and resident women during the ‘Year of Tolerance’ announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. It also comes as a response to the directives extended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai to create Government Accelerators the achievement of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021; and as part of the government accelerator related to the national indicator to reduce cancer mortality. The campaign aims to raise awareness around breast cancer and prevention, as well as encourage women to go for screenings by mammograms. It will include a number of awareness activities and programs, to educate members of society on the importance of breast cancer screening. A variety of awareness activities, including lectures and workshops on cancer and prevention will be carried out in the Ministry's health centers, and government entities. The Ministry is working tirelessly to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, prevention, and treatment, as breast cancer being the most common type of cancer worldwide, and one of the top five reasons of cancer related fatalities.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    The initiatives for early screening of all kinds have improved the results of early cancer screening coverage among the target age groups and contributed to the UAE obtaining first place globally in the presence of national early detection programs. which support goal 3.4 to reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

    Implementation methodologies

    The campaign comes in line with the Ministry’s strategy to combat cancer and reduce its impact on society by raising awareness about the importance of screening and early detection. The campaign will target all women over 40, especially those who have not screened for at least two years. It will include clinical examinations and mammograms supervised by a specialized medical team, in accordance with best international practices. The launch of the " Scan Today, Not Tomorrow " campaign comes within the framework of the Ministry's efforts to achieve the national agenda for the UAE Vision 2021 aimed at implementing a health system based on the highest international standards. These activities will support the initiatives of universal periodic screening and "early detection of cancer", as well as within its strategic direction towards strengthening Prevention and awareness methods to protect society from diseases. Where it is one of the Ministry's efforts targeted at Emirati and resident women during the ‘Year of Tolerance’ announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. It also comes as a response to the directives extended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai to create Government Accelerators the achievement of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021; and as part of the government accelerator related to the national indicator to reduce cancer mortality. The campaign aims to raise awareness around breast cancer and prevention, as well as encourage women to go for screenings by mammograms. It will include a number of awareness activities and programs, to educate members of society on the importance of breast cancer screening. A variety of awareness activities, including lectures and workshops on cancer and prevention will be carried out in the Ministry's health centers, and government entities. The Ministry is working tirelessly to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, prevention, and treatment, as breast cancer being the most common type of cancer worldwide, and one of the top five reasons of cancer related fatalities. The initiatives for early screening of all kinds have improved the results of early cancer screening coverage among the target age groups and contributed to the UAE obtaining first place globally in the presence of national early detection programs. Several policies were also issued (the Unified Policy for Reducing Cancer Mortality in the United Arab Emirates, the Population Based Cancer Screening Policy and Framework, the Cancer Patient Waiting Policy, the Cancer Patient Referral Policy to Hospitals Providing Treatment) that led to the governance and standardization of procedures and performance indicators used. To improve the participation rate of target groups of community members for early cancer screening, in addition to improving the experience of cancer patients during the diagnosis and treatment journey and working to shorten the waiting time and avoid any unnecessary delay.

    Results

    The initiatives for early screening of all kinds have improved the results of early cancer screening coverage among the target age groups and contributed to the UAE obtaining first place globally in the presence of national early detection programs. Several policies were also issued (the Unified Policy for Reducing Cancer Mortality in the United Arab Emirates, the Population Based Cancer Screening Policy and Framework, the Cancer Patient Waiting Policy, the Cancer Patient Referral Policy to Hospitals Providing Treatment) that led to the governance and standardization of procedures and performance indicators used. To improve the participation rate of target groups of community members for early cancer screening, in addition to improving the experience of cancer patients during the diagnosis and treatment journey and working to shorten the waiting time and avoid any unnecessary delay.

    Factors and Constraints

    Partnerships and permanent cooperation with health institutions in the country helped the initiative succeed and encourage the community to participate through awareness campaigns in all platforms

    Sustainability and replicability

    Work on studying the most prominent non-communicable diseases in the region and work to establish practices and initiatives that reduce the infection rate, which in turn support the indicators of the sustainable development goals and provide a healthy environment for all

    COVID-19 Impact

    The pandemic affected the number of visits to the examination, but work has been done to regulate the times and dates of the visits to ensure the continuation of the initiative results in conjunction with the protection of society

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    This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
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    Timeline
    20 January 2019 (start date)
    31 December 2021 (date of completion)
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    United Arab Emirates
    United Arab Emirates
    Contact Information

    mubarkah, Head of research section