FaceOf: Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, founder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association

Social activist Princess Haifa Al-Faisal
Updated 22 October 2018

FaceOf: Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, founder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association

  • Zahra Breast Cancer Association's goal is to increase and spread awareness among women across Saudi Arabia for early detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer

Princess Haifa Al-Faisal is the founder and chairwoman of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association and a social activist. 

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association was established in 2007. Princess Haifa is also a member of the founders’ council and the trustees’ council of Effat University for females in Jeddah. She is a member of the board of trustees at King Faisal Foundation and the board of directors of ADHD organization “Ishraq.”

In addition, she was the president of the Mosaic Club for wives of ambassadors in Washington for 10 years between 1995 and 2005.

She was born in 1950. Princess Haifa is the daughter of late King Faisal, and the wife of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former director general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency. 

The goal of Zahra Breast Cancer Association goal is to increase and spread awareness among women across Saudi Arabia for early detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The association also cooperates with women diagnosed with breast cancer on a step-by-step basis for treatment and ultimate recovery.

The association is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Gulf Union Against Cancer, and the coalition of non-governmental organizations for combating cancer in the Eastern Mediterranean countries.

Princess Haifa Al-Faisal participated in the“Walk for Her” initiative on Friday, a marathon, which aimed at raising awareness about the early detection of breast cancer. A number of volunteers including Samer Ibrahim Kurdi, chairman of the Sunbulah Group took part in the event.

Princess Haifa praised the initiative saying, “The slogan ‘Walk for Her’... reflects the value of social responsibility programs.” 


Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

Updated 19 min 52 sec ago

Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

  • The five-day program is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies

RIYADH: The Saudi Education Ministry has launched a training program titled “Effective reform foundations for education policies: Research and policymaking,” presented by the Education Policy Research Center in cooperation with the World Bank. 
The five-day program, taking place on Dec. 9-13, is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies.
The program’s topics include managing an effective education system, supporting teachers, promoting concepts and means to finance education, building foundations for early childhood education, and strengthening students’ evaluation and curriculums. 
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Bidyawi, the ministry’s undersecretary for planning and development, inaugurated the program.
He said it aims to introduce trainees to the most important issues of education policies to qualify them as researchers in the field, thus contributing to building capacities in the field of improving educational policies and decision-making.
He also shed light on the partnership between the ministry and the World Bank, which aims to implement programs to develop the education system in line with the Saudi leadership’s aspirations and ambitions.