The Pink Caravan in action

Sharjah: The eighth Pink Caravan ride makes history with the first operational mobile mammography unit in the region.

When February 28 to March 6 Detailed schedule

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The mobile clinic

The most recent accomplishment of the Pink Caravan, a mobile mammography unit, was completed for Dh15 million and is a first in the region. The Pink Caravan ride through the UAE in 2018 will now be able to give free specialised imaging services for breast and cervical cancer. The ride and related event will begin in Sharjah on February 28 and conclude on March 6 in Abu Dhabi.

HE Reem BinKaram, Head of the Pink Caravan’s Higher Organising Committee, highlighted the enormous efforts of FoCP (Friends of Cancer Patients Society), which was established in 1999. 

She recounted that through its 1,640-kilometre journey across the seven emirates in the past seven years, the Pink Caravan Ride has offered medical check-ups worth Dh24 million to 48,874 persons, including 32,093 expatriate residents and 16,781 citizens through 578 fixed and mobile clinics.

When can you get check-ups?

This service is open to all residents in the UAE, nationals and expats.

Day 1 – Sharjah

The PCR medical clinics will operate from 10am to 6pm in selected locations in each emirate. On Day 1, Wednesday, February 28, medical screenings will be offered to both women and men in Sharjah at the Kuwait Hospital. Al Dhaid Hospital, Directorate of Punitive and Correctional institutions and Al Qarain Health Centre will offer screenings to women. The fixed clinic will be available at Al Majaz Waterfront.

Day 2 – Fujairah

On Day 2, Thursday, March 1, medical clinics will be available in Fujairah’s Masafi Hospital and the Fujairah Hospital (which will receive men), CosmeSurge and Emirates Hospitals Clinics. The fixed clinic will be stationed at Fujairah Corniche.

Day 3 – Dubai

On Day 3, Friday, March 2, the mobile clinics will be in Dubai’s Al Qudra Lakes, Ibn Battuta Mall and Zabeel Park ( which will see men also), while the fixed clinic will be in Dubai Mall. 

Day 4 – Ras Al Khaimah

On Day 4, Saturday, March 3, mobile clinics will be available in Ras Al Khaimah, where Abdullah bin Omran Hospital will receive both women and men, and Al Jeer Health Centre and Ras Al Khaimah Hospital will see women. The fixed clinic will be set up in the Al Qawasim Corniche.

Day 5 – Umm Al Quwain

On Day 5, Sunday, March 4, the mobile clinics will reach Umm Al Quwain where Salama Health Centre and Falaj Al Mua’alla Health Centre will receive women and men, besides Umm Al Quwain Hospital. The fixed clinic will be available at Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital.

Day 6 – Ajman

On the sixth day, Monday, March 5, mobile clinics will be in Ajman at the University College of Mother and Family Sciences, Umm Al Moumineen Women's Association and Al Hamidiya Health Centre (will also receive men) as well as Musheirif Health Centre. The fixed clinic will be available at Ajman Corniche.

Day 7 – Abu Dhabi

On the seventh and final day, Tuesday, March 6, mobile clinics will be available in Abu Dhabi where Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Zayed University and Zayed Military Hospital will receive both women and men, and the fixed clinic will be available at Al Seef Village.

The Pink Caravan Ride

Badr Al Juaidi, Director of the Pink Caravan Ride, outlined the campaign’s equestrian route. The ride will flag off at 10am, Wednesday, February 28, from the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club. 

Al Juadi mentioned that for the first time in PCR’s history, the ride will travel for seven days instead of 11.

In addition to the mainstream activities of the Pink Caravan Ride 2018, a series of associated events will be organised in the emirates. In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, respectively, the activities Pink Bite, Pink Strides and Pink Regatta will be organised.

More about the Pink Caravan

Pink Caravan, a pan-UAE initiative was launched in 2011 under the patronage of HH Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and HH Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP), International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC.

This was at a time that cancer research and treatment facilities in the emirate were at an all-time low. The aim of the initiative was and has been to spread awareness of breast cancer. It also aims to provide clinical check-up, breast cancer investigation and follow-up for all residents in the UAE, with a focus on people who need financial assistance.