By the end of 2015, the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) will increase availability and accessibility to quality cancer control interventions (prevention, early detection, treatment, palliative care and survivorship) for women and children in Jordan.
The commitment will increase the availability and accessibility of comprehensive cancer care for women and children in Jordan through the New Expansion Project that will include a New East Building and Out-Patient Tower. The King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) is currently building an expansion of the current facility which will enable KHCC to continue providing quality cancer care regionally and further develop its medical capacity. It also aims to increase the availability and accessibility of early detection and prevention services for women and children.
The commitment aims to build the capacity of healthcare professionals to assure quality cancer control and promote standardization and accreditation of healthcare facilities to better serve women and children in Jordan through the Jordan Breast Cancer Program (JBCP). JBCP has been established under the directive of the Minister of Health, and is governed by a National Breast Cancer Steering Committee, comprising most stakeholders in the healthcare sector, including the Ministry of Health. JBCP is a nation-wide initiative for the development and provision of comprehensive services for the early detection and screening of breast cancer for all women in Jordan within the age group of 40-59.
The commitment will advocate at the decision-maker level for better cancer control benefiting women and children and increase awareness on cancer control (prevention, early detection and treatment) among women and children in Jordan, reaching at least 1,506,900 women and children. It will also increase the number of women and children reached with behavioral change and communication interventions on cancer prevention and early detection.
The commitment will improve the quality of life for women and pediatric cancer patients throughout diagnosis, treatment, and remission through the provision of educational services, psychosocial services, and support. It will provide the best psychological and psychosocial support to KHCC patients and their families through expanding existing support groups, establishing new ones, and creating a base for a comprehensive survivorship program at KHCC.
KHCF and KHCC will undertake studies and research to drive informed decisions towards better national cancer control.
Finally, the commitment will increase the number of women who undergo early detection and examination for common female cancers through improving availability and accessibility to quality screening services across the Kingdom. The commitment places emphasis on underprivileged and underserved areas, and seeks to provide treatment coverage for underprivileged women and children cancer patients in Jordan.
Due to its significance and impact, the King Hussein Cancer Foundation will also make this commitment to the United Nations Every Woman Every Child to ensure that it receives global support and attention.
KHCF aims to reach seven key goals, by 2105, through an expansion project of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center:
1)500 new health care professionals will be trained on breast cancer early detection
2) 15% of breast cancer early detection facilities (10 mammography units) will undergo accreditation in order to improve the quality of services provided to women
3) Three public awareness campaigns will be conducted annually in October, with various types of activities to raise awareness on prevention and early detection, and will reach out to 500,000 women in each campaign
4) JBCP will reach out to 90,000 women through outreach programs
5) JBCP will provide breast cancer screening services through mammography to 2,000 underprivileged women in remote underserved areas across the Kingdom
6) KHCF & KHCC will provide quality treatment at KHCC for 1,050 new pediatric cancer patients from Jordan and the region
7) 1,050 pediatric patients will receive educational and psychosocial services at the King Hussein Cancer Center
According to the NCD Alliance, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death for women worldwide; approximately 35 million people die every year from NCDs, 18 million of which are women. Cancer makes up a large percentage of this disease burden; over 3 million women die of cancer each year.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, with an estimated 1.4 million diagnosed in 2008. It is also the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. Cigarette smoking accounts for 50% of lung cancer cases in women worldwide. An estimated 1.7 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, mostly in the developing world. In the developed world, childhood cancer incidence rates have increased over recent decades. In 2012 Childhood Cancer estimated that more than 175,000 children develop cancer every year globally, and that around 96,000 of these children do not survive.
In Jordan around 5,000 new cancer cases are registered on a yearly basis. Twenty percent of these cases are breast cancer cases, which account for the highest type of cancer among women in Jordan. According to the Jordan Cancer Registry, in 2009 there were 231 newly diagnosed cancer cases in Jordanian children under the age of 15 years.
The King Hussein Cancer Foundation has not only worked to provide treatment for cancer patients, but has also worked on Prevention and Early Detection in order to reduce the morbidity rate among cancer patients and improve the quality of their lives.