Majlis Al Amal, Hope Lounge in Arabic, is a unique ‘cancer drop-in centre’ and the first of its kind community centre dedicated to female cancer patients and their wellbeing.
Cancer affects millions of women every year. In the UAE, cancer affects more women than men with hundreds of women being diagnosed every day. Al Jalila Foundation established Majlis Al Amal to support patients, survivors and their loved ones as they navigate the disease and its challenges.
The Centre, located on the ground floor of Al Jalila Foundation, is a safe space for cancer patients and their family members to enhance their emotional health in a relaxed, supportive environment. Patients can drop-in at any time for information, a chat over tea or coffee, use the in-house library, take part in classes, or attend educational sessions presented by specialists volunteering their time to make a difference to the lives of women affected by cancer. All services are offered free of charge. The Centre is run by volunteers and many opportunities are available for people in the community to donate their time and expertise to support cancer warriors.
Around the world community drop-in centres have proven to contribute greatly to the healing journey. Medical intervention plays a significant role in the treatment process while the emotional fragility of the patient is often overlooked. Dealing with cancer is one of the greatest challenges that patients and their families will ever face, with individuals being impacted psychologically and emotionally from the time of diagnosis and long past recovery. Knowing that ‘you are not alone’ and that there is a community of like-minded individuals to lean on has a huge impact on patients’ and their loved ones’ mental health and wellbeing.
Al Jalila Foundation aims to provide a support network in a nurturing environment to women coping with the disease. The Centre aims to keep the message of hope alive and improve the wellbeing of thousands of women who will now have a safe haven to drop-in at any time for the emotional support they need.
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