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The photo shown was taken by a reporter, Yuji of "The Star", one of the newspapers in English circulated in Sarawak.

GO RED FOR WOMEN: CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH IN MALAYSIA


On Sunday, 6 March 2011, in conjunction with International Women's Day, our member organization the Sarawak Heart Foundation joined forces with the Cardiac Centre of the Sarawak General Hospital to conduct health screening for women. This was held in support of the call by the Women's Heart Health Organization of Malaysia (WH2O) to promote education and awareness among women of the dangers of heart disease. A total 304 women of all ages were screened for their blood sugar, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body mass index. Many of them were accompanied by their families and friends, which not only provided great additional support for the event but also helped to further raise awareness of the cause.

Full team effort

The free health screening was held at The Spring, a shopping mall in Kuching, and was carried out by volunteers from the Sarawak General Hospital. The event was a true team effort.  Nurses conducted the health screening, pharmacists helped with the registration and cardiologists provided counseling to those women deemed at risk. This event was held simultaneously at three other shopping malls in West Malaysia and was also held in Penang on the 12 March.

The free health screenings were made possible with the support of a number of pharmaceutical companies in Malaysia who donated blood pressure machines, as well as cholesterol and glucose readers. A few companies even provided their staff as volunteers during the event.

Malaysian spin on the Go Red for Women campaign

This health awareness programme is the Malaysian version of Go Red for Women. The object, however, is the same: to create awareness among women of the dangers of heart disease.  During the events, volunteers wore red t-shirts displaying the logo of the Women's Heart Health Organization of Malaysia, a red Kebaya (national dress of Malaysia), and the words "Healthy Heart, Happy Woman”. The organization encouraged others in support of this campaign to wear red on the day of the screenings and also on the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March).
Booklets and information leaflets on heart diseases were distributed and a printed version of the World Heart Federation’s Go Red for Women viral email was handed out as well. The Women Heart Health Organization is making a tremendous effort to bring attention to the heart health risks that women face.

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