First lady Laura Bush on Thursday at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, announced that Egypt, Morocco and the Palestinian territories will join the U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. Bush on Friday completed a six-day tour of the Middle East in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness and treatment. Jordan was the last stop on her tour. She visited Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia during the tour.
The U.S.-Middle East Partnership was organized by the State Department and includes the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The partnership, which Bush announced in June 2006, supports research, training and community outreach efforts, as well as educating women on how to take control of their own health. Jordan also joined the partnership in 2006, according to AFP/Yahoo! News.
Egypt, Morocco and the Palestinian territories will join the partnership next year with $1.5 million in funding from USAID, Bush said. "Women in these countries will benefit from community screening and awareness activities ... leading to early detection," Bush added.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation