OIC promotes breast cancer treatment

Updated 16 April 2016

OIC promotes breast cancer treatment

ISTANBUL: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) nations held a special session here to promote treatment for breast and cervical cancer.
The session focused on raising awareness about the huge toll cancer takes on the OIC member and observer states, and supporting efforts to ensure that everyone has access to effective cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.
Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu opened the session and called for more awareness on healthy lifestyles and taking preventive measures. He highlighted the risks posed by smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity.
In his speech, Ahmad Mohamed Ali, president of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), said efforts to combat the spread of cancer include early detection for girls and women and partnerships with organizations to consolidate efforts and exchange information.
OIC Secretary-General Iyad Madani said that the spread of cancer has become a major health concern in the OIC member states, and adversely affects socioeconomic efforts. He said the OIC was coordinating with the IDB and the International Agency for Atomic Energy to implement projects aimed at enhancing and establishing cancer treatment facilities in several member states.
Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan said in her speech that Turkey has adopted world-class treatments to combat cancer, which has succeeded in controlling the spread of the disease. The country has organized anti-smoking and early detection campaigns across the country, including at schools. She said all citizens have access to free treatment at health facilities.
At the end of their session, the delegates called for further investment in campaigns to tackle these illnesses, including more partnerships with the food industry to ensure compliance with guidelines pertinent to healthy diets and encouraging physical activity.
Recommendations also included promoting the implementation of cancer detection programs for women. This was in addition to national tobacco control strategies in the OIC member states, based on the guidelines outlined in the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
They also emphasized the importance of exchanging best regional practices, promoting regional coordination mechanisms related to mapping cancer patients, planning and implementation of cancer prevention measures, and enhancing national capacities in research.


Kemetic yoga breathes new life into Egyptian tourism

Updated 18 October 2019

Kemetic yoga breathes new life into Egyptian tourism

  • Egyptian temples have wall carvings which play a major role in the development of Kemitic yoga
  • Kemetic yoga is a blend of physical movements, meditation and controlled breathing

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism has collaborated with CNN to produce and air a short film about Kemetic yoga to highlight wellness tourism in the country.

Kemetic yoga is a blend of physical movements, meditation and controlled breathing.

The three-minute film was shot in Luxor and follows Sarah Wesley, a certified Kemetic yoga instructor.

“The origins of Kemetic yoga started in the land called Kemit and Kemit is the ancient name of Egypt,” Wesley said.

Egyptian temples have wall carvings which play a major role in the development of Kemitic yoga, along with the study and interpretations of hieroglyphic texts on the subject.

Wesley practices yoga mainly at Karnak Temple, which she described as being full of powerful and peaceful energy.

The practice mainly targets people who want to discover more about themselves and those who wish to expand their consciousness.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Breathing is a significant aspect in all forms of yoga but with Kemetic yoga it is enhanced and highlighted. It is also much slower than other forms of yoga.

• This type of yoga is different to others, as it focuses on breathing rather than poses.

“I hope that the future of Kemetic yoga can reach as many people as possible,” Wesley said.

This type of yoga is different to others, as it focuses on breathing rather than poses.

Breathing is a significant aspect in all forms of yoga but with Kemetic yoga it is enhanced and highlighted. It is also much slower than other forms of yoga.

Kemetic yoga is more than imitating the poses of the gods which have remained eternal due to the carvings on the temple walls. It is a philosophy that aims for self-development.

Kemetic yoga aims to showcase a different side of tourism in Egypt. The film, “Yoga in Egypt,” is one aspect of a partnership between CNN and the ministry, which has launched an international tourism campaign. 

The campaign aims to promote tourism in Egypt by showcasing the country in a different light and changing perceptions about it.

Last month the ministry said it was working with social media influencers to promote Egypt as a travel destination, Al-Ahram newspaper reported.