Morocco World News
Fez, June 13, 2012
On Monday, Princess Lalla Salma, the President of Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer, inaugurated Dar al-Hayat Fez. Literally translated as House of Life, Dar Al-Hayat is a guest house-like institution for cancer patients who receive their treatment in the city and come from far away villages and towns accompanied by their families.
Dar al-Hayat Fez envisages encouraging patients to continue treatment and to provide appropriate conditions for them to mitigate the impact of disease on them and their loved ones.
The Dar, which is located on a total area estimated at 2,240 square meters, was built and equipped by Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer in cooperation with Jamai Group. It will be at the service of around 1,500 patients per year and it includes: 48 beds, a large living room, waiting rooms, a large kitchen, a large dining room, a library and a meeting hall. The coziness of the Dar aims to help the patients and their families to cope with the situation while providing the necessary psychological and moral support, and they can benefit from a range of social and cultural activities.
Priority is given to patients who come for treatment from outside Fez, as well as for patients with limited income.
Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer, which started to establish Dar al-Hayat near each oncology center all over Morocco, to provide a multidisciplinary team available to residents of temporary accommodation. The team will consist of health workers, psychologists and social workers that will look after them for during of their stay.
A group of volunteers will also organize courses in nutritional education and public health, and organize various social and cultural activities, as well as trips, dinner parties and musical evenings.
So far, Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer has established five Dar al-Hayat centers across Morocco; two of which were opened in 2007 in Casablanca and Agadir, while three will be opened this year in Fez, Casablanca (a second one for kids only), and Marrakesh. There are also other two Dar al-Hayat Center’s which are in the process of being established in Tangier and Meknes.
Since it was established in 2005, the Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer set stomping out cancer as a priority and a major concern in the public health sector in Morocco.
The Association aims to ensure the necessary help to cancer patients and to promote the prevention of the disease and raise awareness among the people about it. The assembly of the association is also active in encouraging scientific research about cancer and strengthening partnerships within and outside Morocco.