AMALOUNA (أملنا) is a non-profit organization initiated by Dr. Rihab Nasr, associate professor and cancer researcher in the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut and Director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at NKBCI. Amalouna aims to fight cancer by focusing on three pillars: education, research, and prevention.
Amalouna is a dynamic group of passionate volunteers that keeps on growing as more students, researchers, physicians, cancer survivors and other community members keep on joining the team.
Education –AMALOUNA أملنا ’s aim is to get people to learn about the disease, because only when we understand cancer can we prevent it and fight it. AMALOUNA أملنا achieves this through its outreach programs and interactive events held in schools, universities, shopping malls, and other venues, as well as during its fundraising events, including the Beirut Marathon and Movie Premieres.
Research – Cancer research is transforming the way we are able to deal with cancer. Without a doubt, cancer research has saved countless lives. This is why AMALOUNA أملنا believes in the importance of promoting and supporting cancer research in Lebanon. Through its partnership with NKBCI, it has sponsored a climb to Kilimanjaro to find a Cure for CML and has initiated a “Student Researchers Initiative Aware”.
Prevention – Today, we know of many factors that are strongly associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. Increasing the public’s knowledge about cancer prevention is at the core of both NKBCI and AMALOUNA أملنا ’s mission. Awareness lectures have been held in high schools and municipalities in several Lebanese regions in addition to fundraising activities to fund tests for early screening for different types of cancer.
To learn more about AMALOUNA’s activities, please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/AmalounaAUB/
LEBANESE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION (LBCF)
The LEBANESE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION (LBCF)) is a non-profit educational and fundraising initiative that works in close cooperation with NKBCI’s – Breast Center of Excellence at the AUBMC. The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation was established in January 2011 by Dr. Nagi El Saghir (President of the LBCF) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and a group of women who survived breast cancer or had close survivor relatives.
The aim of LBCF is to:
– Provide comprehensive support for women with breast cancer by supporting breast cancer patients’ treatment
– Disseminate more knowledge and awareness about breast cancer
– Promote systematic and programmed early detection through awareness campaigns
– Support breast cancer research projects and clinical trials.
The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation aims to promote early detection and provide comprehensive support to patients with breast cancer at NKBCI along with financial assistance to those with limited means.
To learn more about LBCF, please follow these links:
REVIVE blood and cancer Association
Revive Blood and Cancer Association started when a group of cancer survivors and a thalassemia patient -strong believers in the strength of faith, patience and support- who had gone through a bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedure decided to create an association in order to play a helpful role in any patient’s life who going through the same experience.
Revive works in close cooperation with the Bone Marrow Transplant Program and Center at AUBMC.
The association aims to provide patients with all the needed information they might need before, during, and after the BMT procedure in order to have a clear grasp of the whole process they will be going through at the Bone Marrow Transplant Center.
The association also helps support patients going through BMT through motivation and encouragement during and after BMT. Revive provides one to one patients psychological support and education through their Bone Marrow Transplant Experience at NKBCI.
To learn more about Revive blood and cancer association, please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/reviveassoc/
BALSAM (The Lebanese Center for Palliative Care)
BALSAM (The Lebanese Center for Palliative Care) is a nongovernmental organization for Palliative Care founded in 2010 registered in the Lebanese Ministry of Interior in March 2011. Balsam is an NGO that offers palliative care services to seriously ill patients to help relieve their suffering and improve their quality of life.
Balsam aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for people facing life-threatening illness through patient care, advocacy, capacity building, and research.
Balsam has played a pivotal role in the establishment of the first palliative care consultation service in 2013 at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).
Balsam is committed to developing palliative care in Lebanon to ensure its integration into our healthcare system.
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