HEC, Pink Ribbon join hands to combat breast cancer


Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pink Ribbon signed on Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns in the higher education institutions (HEIs) of the country.
HEC Executive Director Sohail Naqvi and Pakistan Pink Ribbon National Coordinator Omar Aftab signed the agreement. The MoU was the follow-up of a meeting held in August this year between Laghari and Thomson, when it was decided that the HEC would make a task force for the Pink Ribbon Campaign and Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi Vice Chancellor Samina Amin Qadir was nominated as the Focal Person for the campaign. It was also decided that two Focal Persons would be nominated from HEIs of each province, who would work and coordinate with all the vice chancellors and the Pink Ribbon Awareness Campaign Steering Committee. Laghari underlined the seriousness of the disease and said that over 1.5 million higher education students across the country could play an important role in spreading awareness about it. Forthcoming plans include a road-show to be organised all over Pakistan for the awareness of masses on precautions against breast cancer. HEC and Pink Ribbon would form a working group for assessment and formulation of a five-year action plan.