students access to sexual and reproductive health-care services

The importance of sexual health is a relevant part of people's lives, since it influences on a physical, mental, emotional and social level. Therefore, it contributes to well-being and personal happiness. For this reason, Canadian University Dubai is committed to the sexual health of the entire university community, providing different services in sexual health and guidance that help the university community in different processes that are essential in life.

In order for students to have optimal sexual health and to avoid future problems, the University within Health Services has a sexual orientation service in which students or couples of students are advised by experts on psychological and sexual issues about of the paths they can take to have a healthy and responsible sexual life. This service is free for university students.

Additionally, this service provides:

  • Promotion of safe sex behavior

  • Promotion of proper use of condoms

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To take care of the sexual health of students, the University provides a family planning and contraceptive service with which students can protect their well-being, couples who need information of some kind about this free service can approach the Health Services.

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The university offers women who belong to the university health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. CUD believes that each stage should be a positive experience, ensuring that women and their babies reach their full potential for health and wellness. In this way, the University contributes to the health of pregnant women who are CUD students. This service is free for female students or those who are part of the staff. To access this service, it is located at the Health Services at CUD.

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Dr. Louise Lambert, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Ethics at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) advised people facing sexual harassment in the workplace to ‘speak up’ and report the matter to concerned authorities when they feel the ‘line has been crossed’. Speaking at a workshop on ‘Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ at the university on the eve of International Women’s Day, Dr. Lambert gave an overview of common examples of sexual harassment, common responses, ways of extricating oneself from a situation and the role of HR in handling such issues. Focusing mainly on student-faculty cases of sexual harassment, she recommended taking a firm line from the start when contracted with ‘unwanted attention’ by way of emails, looks, phone calls, notes, gestures, touch or presence beyond the necessary.

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This paper indicates the need for more health educational and promotional campaigns among women in the UAE, to increase their awareness of breast cancer screening and to reduce their risk of one of the most common cancers affecting women nowadays. One of the most important factors of this paper was to also highlight the importance of initiatives such as the Pink Caravan in increasing awareness of breast cancer among women in the UAE and the region.

A paper revealing the behavior and attitudes of women residing in the UAE towards breast cancer screening has been published in the International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences (IJRSB). Written by Dr. Rami El Khatib, Chair of the School of Environment and Health Sciences, the paper is the result of research undertaken in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, in collaboration with The Pink Caravan, a breast cancer awareness initiative of The Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP). A total of 496 women volunteered to participate in the study, the majority being Emirati, between the ages of 30 and 39 years old, and a minority older than 60 years, most of whom (91%) with no family history of breast cancer. Approximately 48% (236) of these women were referred for mammogram or ultrasound, either for having an abnormal clinical breast examination or because they met the criteria of being over 40 years old and had not had a mammogram during the last 12 months.

Out of the 236 referrals, only 88 women responded, and of these, 29 were requested to do a biopsy and two cases of cancer were detected. For Dr. El Khatib, the results of studies like this help provide a framework to work together to find appropriate solutions to challenges. He said, “This paper indicates the need for more health educational and promotional campaigns among women in the UAE, to increase their awareness of breast cancer screening and to reduce their risk of one of the most common cancers affecting women nowadays. One of the most important factors of this paper was to also highlight the importance of initiatives such as the Pink Caravan in increasing awareness of breast cancer among women in the UAE and the region.” Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Secretary General of Friends of Cancer Patients society and Head of Pink Caravan’s Medical and Awareness Committee, said, “The importance of this in-depth study lies in the accuracy of its data, which has been collected and analyzed by the Pink Caravan team over the past four years. The outcome of this collaboration is further evidence of how much we still need to do to educate people on the importance of screening and early detection. Studies such as this give a clear indication of the level of awareness present and the required effort needed to bridge the gap. Pink Caravan is evidence-based in its planning and objectives, which is why collaborating on such research is important.”

According to the results and discussion points of the paper, there have been few studies in the UAE to test the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of females towards screening mammography and ultrasound. The study further states there is scope for more concerted awareness efforts, based on the low response rate of Emirati women going for referral mammogram (only 37% up-take). Dr. Al Madhi concluded, “We absolutely must create more of a community, or ecosystem, that supports and educates women and men in the UAE regarding breast cancer. It is the most common cancer affecting women, and second only to lung cancer worldwide. However, early detection can increase survival rates by almost 98 percent.

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October 26th, 2014: Students at Canadian University Dubai have marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a week-long program of activities to promote awareness and raise money for charities involved in tackling the disease.

The whole University community was encouraged to 'think pink' and come up with creative ways to help raise funds for the worthy cause. Student Aliyah Salim rose to the occasion by creating dozens of delicious, beautifully decorated baked goods that carried the pink theme, raising over 500aed for cancer awareness.

Faculty members from the School of Liberal Arts, Sylvain Tremblay and Amanda Aridi, showed their support by organizing a t-shirt design event in their Modern Art Appreciation classes. Over 200 shirts were designed around the concept of Breast Cancer Awareness, and displayed on-campus to create a striking visual awareness campaign.

Deema Sivai from the Arts Club also designed a photo booth for a pink photo shoot, where students struck a pose with a range of fun pink props.

The events were organized by the University's Student Services team. Mary-Alison Lyman, Student Services Manager, said "This is an important cause that we raise awareness for every year. It is always a pleasure to see students and staff participate, have fun and come together as a community."

All donations raised during the week will be combined with those raised during Prostate Cancer Awareness month and presented to the Friends of Cancer Patients charity at a special Cancer Awareness event to be held at Canadian University Dubai on November 26th.

For the past 2 years CUD has been raising money for Breast Cancer during the month of October. This year students and staff were back at it with donations of time, books, money and baked goods. The University also worked alongside Barbecue Delights which serves Pakistani cuisine. Located in Oud Metha the restaurant provided CUD Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner attendees a 20% discount which was then donated towards the cause. The dinner attracted 41 students and staff who enjoyed an evening outside of the University.

An overall amount of 2,200AED was raised for Breast Cancer Awareness and will be donated by the Canadian University in conjunction with Barbecue Delights through the BurJuman Centre Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme.

the Canadian University would like to thank the staff and students that reached into their pockets and their hearts to support such a worthy cause.

A special thanks to students Sana Al Maktoum who brought in a large portion of very tasty cupcakes that raised a good portion of the funds generated by the bake sale.

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3rd – 6th November, 2018: The Asia Youth International Model United Nations, held in Bangkok, Thailand, was home to over 1000 delegates from across the Globe. Among the delegates was our very own Alumna Rahaf Al Saif, who participated in the debate representing the Kingdom of Jordan.

As a delegate at the AYIMUN, Miss Rahaf made full use of the platform to hone her diplomatic, argumentative, and discursive skills, communicating her cohesive plan to protect the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS, this year’s main topic for the World Health Organization.

Miss Rahaf has been preparing for the MUN since September. During this time, she has worked tirelessly, carrying out research to familiarize herself with procedures to understand her position and the position of her allies and to draft a well-crafted position paper which stood as a testament to her performance at the MUN.

At the end, Miss Rahaf was awarded a Certificate for her participation in the MUN, and left with a wealth of new experiences.

She plans to continue her journey by attending Jordan MUN in December, Prague MUN in February, and Paris MUN in May.

We at CUD wish her great success. .

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