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  • “Offer a heart to save a heart”

    2016-11-10

    Yaduna and Moukarzel launch an exclusive jewelry collection in support of women heart health...

    “Offer a heart to save a heart”
    2016-11-10

    Yaduna and Moukarzel launch an exclusive jewelry collection in support of women heart health

    November 10, 2016   Designed to touch the heart & soul of every man and woman, “Moukarzel for Yaduna” exclusive collection was splendidly launched today at Le Yacht Club, Zaytouna Bay to celebrate an unprecedented partnership between Yaduna and Moukarzel jewelry. Leading political, economic and social figures, among media members and influencers, enjoyed a refined exhibition and supported a one of a kind cause; that addresses all women in their lives to take extreme care of their heart health.

    This exclusive jewelry collection was inspired by Yaduna’s most symbolic gem: The Heart. It carries the love, courage & strength that every woman needs to have to prevent heart diseases. Through this collection, Yaduna association will be reaching out to every woman, reminding her that a healthy heart suits her just as much as any beautiful craftsmanship.

    “We are delighted to have partnered with Moukarzel Jewelry for this exclusive collection. The heart-shaped pieces of jewelry represent Yaduna’s mission to save the lives of as many women since our inception in 2012” said Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman, president of Yaduna " WHHC. “We hope wholeheartedly to increase awareness around cardiovascular diseases. In fact, it is actually time for all women to put their hearts first!” she added.

    Crafted to create an authentic story around this collection, “Moukarzel for Yaduna” is a distinguished line of necklaces, rings and bracelets that combines elegant shapes and distinctive precious metal textures to create simple and refined jewelry.


    “From Gold, to Diamonds and Rubies, this uniquely designed collection was created for those who seek a simple and sophisticated style and appreciate long-lasting craftsmanship”, said Mr. Jean-Claude Moukarzel. “Our partnership with Yaduna association goes beyond a simple collaboration. We have spent a lifetime providing women with the most special in the world of jewelry, but this time we have gone further by taking great care of women’s heart health”, he added.

    “Moukarzel For Yaduna” hides the story of worriers who fight heart diseases every day.

    the collections will be available at all Moukarzel stores starting November 11, 2016.  10% of the proceedings will directly go to Yaduna’s funds, making its responsibility grow bigger by committing to a noble cause that touches every person’s heart.

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    About Yaduna:

    Yaduna is a non-governmental (NGO) non-profit organization founded on May 17, 2012 (ministerial number 364), representing the initiative of The Former First Lady of Lebanon H.E. Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman to institutionalize and scale up her various social activities. Yaduna mission is to empower underprivileged Lebanese and Arab women and improve their living conditions by providing quality services, raising awareness and spreading best practices; in the view of becoming a reference in women development, supporting them in achieving their full potential

     

    About WHHC

    The Women Heart Health Center (WHHC) strives to become a model of excellence in improve  preventive and primary treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women and reduce the burden of the diseases through awareness and prevention programs, early diagnosis and initial treatment, regardless of the women’s social and economic backgrounds. WHHC’s goals could only be achieved through the collaboration with The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine & Medical Center (AUBMC/FM) and Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine (USJ/FM)

    For more information, kindly contact:

    Yaduna

    Zeina Jammal

    T. 05 923 229

    W. www.yaduna.org

    E. zeina.jammal@yaduna.org

    Memac Ogilvy                                                                                      

    Carmen El Hajj / Tala Kreidieh

    T. 01486 065

    E. tala.kreidieh@ogilvy.com

  • National Campaign for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases

    2016-09-21

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    National Campaign for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases
    2016-09-21

    On the occasion of World Heart Day, the ministry of public health in collaboration with the national committee for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and the foundation of Yaduna -" Women Heart Health Center, launched together the National Campaign for the early detection of cardiovascular diseases, during a press conference entitled “Don’t wait, your heart can’t wait!”. The campaign extends from 21/9/2016 till 30/11/2016.  
    The campaign targets the Lebanese citizens at the age of 45 and above, to whom the early screening package for cardiovascular diseases will be offered at a minimal cost and it includes all the medical examinations and tests.
    The foundation of Yaduna will play an important role in receiving Lebanese women, who underwent the screening tests and which overall risk -"exposure -" to developing cardiovascular diseases was found to exceed 10%. At Yaduna-WHHC these ladies will undergo further medical examinations and screening tests for free.
    In addition to all of the above, a group of medical doctors will raise awareness and educational campaigns at the primary health care centers in all the Lebanese regions.

  • Healthy Cooking for a healthy heart

    2016-06-01

    YADUNA inspires women to eat nutritiously and maintain a healthy diet to fight cardiovascular diseases...

    Healthy Cooking for a healthy heart
    2016-06-01

    June 1, 2016: Yaduna released today during a media gathering, nutrition guidelines encouraging Lebanese to adopt a healthy nutrition to prevent heart diseases, the number one killer among women.  The gathering was headed by Yaduna’s Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant Hana Ziad Arabi and renowned chef Rima Khodor who shed the light on the preventive measures to decrease the risk and burden of heart disease, the secrets of a heart-healthy diet topped with delicious recipes. 

    Despite major advances in medical treatments, maintaining a healthy diet, being physically active, and not smoking are still the best approaches to prevent heart disease. Improving diet lowers the risk for heart disease in many ways, including helping to lower high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as preventing obesity and improving the function of the heart and blood vessels. 

    “At Yaduna, protecting the health includes empowering women with the tools they need to make healthy choices in their daily lives," said Hana Ziad Arabi, clinical dietitian and nutrition consultant at Yaduna. "By focusing on small shifts in what we eat and drink, eating healthy becomes more manageable. In our center we provide recommendations on food and nutrition for women to make decisions that helps prevent heart diseases."

    Specific recommendations for a healthy nutrition include following a healthy eating pattern including a variety of food and drink while limiting calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake. 
    Healthy eating patterns include a variety of nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy, lean meats and other protein foods and oils, while limiting saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars and sodium. A healthy eating pattern is adaptable to a person's taste preferences, culture and budget.

    At Yaduna-WHHC, the nutrition department provides every woman with a coherent educational plan, nutritional guidelines for long-term healthy lifestyle, and a diet tailored to the health status and individual needs of every patient. The initial visit takes 60 to 90 minutes and is followed by as many 20 to 30 minutes visits as needed for follow-up. By following this strategy, and based on high standards of education, support and motivation, Yaduna-WHHC was able to become part of many success stories.

  • ‘How Big is Your Heart’

    2016-03-16

    For the third year in a row, Yaduna Foundation organized its gala dinner to raise funds in support of women heart diseases awareness, research, educat...

    ‘How Big is Your Heart’
    2016-03-16

    ‘How Big is Your Heart’
    Yaduna-WHHC Fundraising Celebrates the Energy, Passion and Power
     Women have to Fight Heart Diseases 


    March 16, 2016 : For the third year in a row, Yaduna Foundation organized its gala dinner to raise funds in support of women heart diseases awareness, research, education and community activities. With a guest list of more than 500 contributors, the event managed to raise enough contributions all of which will be donated to the Women Heart Health Center to improve women’s cardiovascular health and reduce burden of disease through prevention, screening, primary treatment and advocacy.

    Ladies in red graced the event entitled “How Big is Your Heart” to celebrate Yaduna’s third year while honoring the generous support of donors who significantly contributed to influence and fund research, screening, education and advocacy for women heart health on a local and national level. 

    “Yaduna and the Women Heart Health Center screened last year more than 1060 women and saved around 100 women from an acute heart event and we couldn’t have done it without the support and donations of our great friends and partners; we sincerely appreciate your commitment”, said Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman, President of Yaduna. “Improving women’s heart health can improve the health of families and the broader community. As the country moves from a focus on sick care and disease to wellness and prevention, decreasing heart disease morbidity and mortality and ensuring that women with heart disease can thrive is critical and is within our reach”.

    The fundraising event, moderated by Wissam Breidy and animated by Sami El Hajj dancers, brought together leaders in the field of women’s cardiovascular disease, patient advocates, influencers and media members dedicated on the national front to eradicate heart disease as the leading cause of death in women. 

    It is worth mentioning that the cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death among women in the world. In fact, 56% of deaths among women are due to cardiovascular diseases while 64% of them did not appear to have any symptoms. Preventive examinations are crucial for women above the age of 45 and can be done at the Women’s Heart Health Centre in collaboration with eminent cardiologists from the AUBMC & USJ-FM regardless of their social background as the center is run by Yaduna, a not-for-profit foundation.

  • City Center

    2016-02-01

    To mark the international cardiovascular awareness month, Yaduna Foundation and the Women Heart Health Center launched, for the second consecutive yea...

    City Center
    2016-02-01

    ‘Protect your Heart’
    Yaduna Continues its Fight against Women Heart Diseases

    February 01, 2016 : To mark the international cardiovascular awareness month, Yaduna Foundation and the Women Heart Health Center launched, for the second consecutive year, an awareness campaign from Beirut City Center to sensitize women and encourage them to take action and improve their heart health. 

    The campaign emphasizes the importance of creating awareness among women around the risks of heart diseases - the number 1 killer of women in Lebanon and the World. Under the slogan “Check your heart in two hours at the same place”, an interactive booth was set in Beirut City Center on January 29, 30, and 31st to expand the outreach of the core awareness message to the wide audience. On-ground educational sessions were organized and headed by WHHC doctors and professionals who were available to answer the public’s queries, providing them with thorough explanations about the risks of heart disease in women and the importance of early diagnosis while raising awareness and granting them free checkup vouchers.

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the number one cause of death among women in the world. In fact, 56% of deaths among women are due to cardiovascular diseases while 64% of them did not appear to have any symptoms. Preventive examinations are crucial for women above the age of 45 and can be done at the Women’s Heart Health Centre in collaboration with eminent cardiologists regardless from AUBMC and USJ-FM of the women’s social background as the center is run by Yaduna, a not-for-profit foundation.

  • Health Forum

    2015-06-27

    To renew and intensify the public health action targeting the prevention of women heart diseases, Yaduna, the Women Heart Health Center organized its ...

    Health Forum
    2015-06-27

    Yaduna Pleas the Inclusion of Cardio-Vascular Prevention Culture 

    The Ministry of Public Health and Yaduna launch the 
    ‘National Committee for Women Heart Disease Prevention’

    June 27, 2015 : To renew and intensify the public health action targeting the prevention of women heart diseases, Yaduna, the Women Heart Health Center organized its first forum to demand the inclusion of women cardio-vascular prevention culture in the Lebanese health policies. The forum was headed by the President of Yaduna Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman, with the support of Health Minister Wael Aabou Faour and was attended by a number of current and former Ministers and Deputies, along with officials from women NGOS, health institutions, local authorities (municipalities), social and media figures.

    The forum moderator Ricardo Karam, announced the launching of the national committee that will be responsible of the yearly campaigns and initiatives with an aim to reinforce the prevention core message that educates women on the importance of cardio-vascular screening testsز

    Marking Yaduna’s and the Women Heart Health Center’s pioneering role, in fighting women heart diseases, Mrs. Sleiman stressed on the importance of encouraging women to take care of their hearts, and increasing the attention of medical professionals on cardiovascular diseases among women as well as prompting governments and policy-makers to bring this topic high on their health agenda: "Our initiative faced major obstacles that slowed down the execution of our program, namely, insurance companies do not cover preventive healthcare services, women do not consider prevention as important in addition to the absence of national awareness campaigns endorsed by the governmental institutions and the lack of financial support".

    In turn, the Minister of Health Mr. Wael Abou Faour stated: “The establishment of a National Committee for cardiovascular Disease Prevention  is a top priority for the Ministry of Public Health and is aligned with our plans  to integrate non-communicable diseases within the primary health care services.”


    The forum was divided into two discussion panels, both emphasizing on the importance of screening tests for women starting the age of 45, and the social and economic impacts of the prevention campaign, while urging the governmental institutions to incorporate a culture of prevention from heart diseases in their health policies.

    The Women Heart Health Center strives to improve the treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women and reduce the burden of the diseases through awareness and prevention programs, early diagnosis and initial treatment. WHHC’s goals could only be achieved through the collaboration with The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine & Medical Center (AUBMC/FM) and Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine (USJ/FM). 

    It is worth mentioning that the cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death among women in the world. In fact, 56% of deaths among women are due to cardiovascular diseases while 64% of them did not appear to have any symptoms. Cardiovascular tests are crucial for women above the age of 45, and are all performed at the Women’s Heart Health Centre in collaboration with eminent cardiologists regardless of the women’s social background, as the center is run by Yaduna, a not-for-profit foundation.

  • Red dress ABC

    2015-02-20

    To mark the international cardiovascular awareness month, Yaduna Foundation and the Women Heart Health Center launched its new awareness campaign to s...

    Red dress ABC
    2015-02-20

    ‘Protect your Heart’
    Yaduna reveals its new campaign and iconic Red Dress 
    In fight of women heart diseases


    February 20, 2015 : To mark the international cardiovascular awareness month, Yaduna Foundation and the Women Heart Health Center launched its new awareness campaign to sensitize women and encourage them to take action and improve their heart health. The event took place at Yaduna’s activation stand in ABC Ashrafieh and was attended by members of the press and VIPs who celebrated the reveal of Yaduna’s iconic Red Dress designed by the masterful Elie Saab.

    The new campaign entitled ‘Protect your Heart’ is a national wakeup call to all women about the importance of knowing their risk for heart disease -the number 1 killer of women in Lebanon and the World-. It launched with flair and style, the first Red Dress which represents femininity, strength, joy and power, as well as the fight against heart disease in women. 

    "This red dress symbolizes the life flowing in women’s veins and the vibrating love in her heart. The dress is a blooming rose harmonizing each women within her family and community. May your presence always shine in the lives of those you cherish ... “expressed Elie Saab.

    “Women may not be aware they have symptoms of heart disease, in large part because women's symptoms can be subtle and they overlap with other illnesses”, said Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman, President of Yaduna foundation. “We must all remember that we are making an impact in this difficult fight, and together we can continue to help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Regardless of any woman’s socioeconomic background and health coverage, Yaduna and the Women Heart Health Center (WHHC) provide leadership and financial support to promote women’s cardiovascular health”.  

    The nation-wide awareness campaign is set to run for 1 month, educating women about the risks of heart diseases, including how to recognize these danger signs, which are often insidious and symptomless. To expand the outreach of the core awareness message to a wider target audience and impact more lives, Yaduna joined efforts with ABC by dressing up their windows in red and distributing educational material. An interactive 17 meters booth was set in ABC Ashrafieh to sensitize the general public about the risks of heart disease in women and the importance of early diagnosis while raising awareness

    The campaign will also be promoted through various media outlets including TV, press, radio, billboards and Social Network. Finally, special thanks go to the journalists and representatives of all the media for their support to this national campaign in order to help deliver its message and spread awareness about the importance of woman heart diseases.

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the number one cause of death among women in the world. In fact, 56% of deaths among women are due to cardiovascular diseases while 64% of them did not appear to have any symptoms. Preventive examinations are crucial for women above the age of 45 and can be done at the Women’s Heart Health Centre in collaboration with eminent cardiologists regardless from AUBMC and USJ-FM of the women’s social background as the center is run by Yaduna, a not-for-profit foundation.

  • Yaduna and Women Heart Health Center celebrates one year of woman heart disease prevention

    2014-10-29

    Yaduna Foundation celebrated its Women Heart Health Center (WHHC) first anniversary in leading woman’s heart disease awareness, developing new diagn...

    Yaduna and Women Heart Health Center celebrates one year of woman heart disease prevention
    2014-10-29

    Yaduna and Women Heart Health Center celebrates one year of woman heart disease prevention

    October 29, 2014: Yaduna Foundation celebrated its Women Heart Health Center (WHHC) first anniversary in leading woman’s heart disease awareness, developing new diagnostic tools, and advancing specialized care for women in Lebanon. A media briefing session headed by the President of Yaduna Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman and Dr. Antoine Sarkis took place at the center to shed light on the women’s number one silent killer, its symptoms and the WHHC preventive approach designed to help women reduce their chances of heart disease, including state-of-art screening and testing.

    The session stressed on the preventive examinations for women at the age of 45 or more and discussed women’s cardiovascular health and the importance of reducing burden of the disease through awareness, prevention, screening, primary treatment and advocacy.

    “WHHC was created to decrease the death rate from cardiovascular diseases, considered as the leading cause of mortality both in Lebanon and worldwide”, said Mrs. Sleiman while stressing the major difficulties and obstacles the center encountered. “Now that the Center’s work has gained momentum on the ground, it is important to assess the performance in light of the results achieved as measured against the initial objectives”.  

    Since the opening of the center last September, more than 600 screening were conducted from which 47% were diagnosed with calcification of the coronary arteries. This test classified 12% of screened woman at high risk which implicated strict prevention recommendation and further coronary artery disease workup. 

    “Modern technology, carefully designed protocols and engaged academic cardiologists from reputed universities are teaming together to enhance woman cardiovascular wellness” said Dr. Antoine Sarkis Professor of cardiology, Cardiologist ,Hotel Dieu de France Hospital  “The Lebanese woman is now at the center of medical attention and has become an active partner in the fight against heart disease and stoke”.

    The Women Heart Health Center strives to improve the treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women and reduce the burden of the diseases through awareness and prevention programs, early diagnosis and initial treatment. WHHC’s goals could only be achieved through the collaboration with The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine & Medical Center (AUBMC/FM) and Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine (USJ/FM). 

    It is worth mentioning that the cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death among women in the world. In fact, 56% of deaths among women are due to cardiovascular diseases while 64% of them did not appear to have any symptoms. Preventive examinations are crucial for women above the age of 45 and can be done at the Women’s Heart Health Centre in collaboration with eminent cardiologists regardless of their social background as the center is run by Yaduna, a not-for-profit foundation.

  • WHHC final opening

    2013-06-20

    The First Lady of Lebanon H.E. Wafaa Sleiman Pioneers in preventing women heart diseases by opening the Women’s Heart Health Centre (WHHC) in Baab...

    WHHC final opening
    2013-06-20

    The First Lady of Lebanon H.E. Wafaa Sleiman 
    Pioneers in preventing women heart diseases by opening the Women’s Heart Health Centre (WHHC) in Baabda

    In collaboration with The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine &Medical Center (AUBMC) and Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine (USJ/FM)
    Beirut, Lebanon: The First Lady of Lebanon H.E. Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman officially opened the Women’s Heart Health Centre (WHHC) on June 20, 2013. The opening of the new center, located in Baabda, was made possible through the collaboration of The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine & Medical Center (AUBMC) and Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine (USJ/FM).

    Women Heart Health Centre (WHHC) was founded in order to improve women’s cardiovascular health and reduce the burden of disease through prevention, awareness, screening, primary treatment, advocacy, and research. 

    The center strives to become a model of excellence in preventive and primary treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women, regardless of their social background. By collaborating with academic teams from distinguished national universities, the center will implement the highest standards of clinical practice and research.

    As part of her speech during the opening ceremony, H.E. Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman commented: “It is my duty, to serve the Lebanese people and the Arab residents in Lebanon. Since a large number of women are in need for help, I have decided to direct my attention towards them and accordingly I created Yaduna, a non-profit organization that aims at raising the quality of life of women. Moreover, as a result of a study that showed that 56% of females"related deaths are caused by diseases associated with the heart and the arteries, I prioritized this issue and initiated WHHC to become the first activity of Yaduna.”
    H.E. Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman added: “The opening of this center would not have been made possible without the collaboration with The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center (AUBMC) and Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine (USJ/FM, in addition to our respected donors.”

    Speeches were also given by Dr. Samir Alamand Dr. Antoine Sarkis. “The global burden of disease, the vulnerability of women for heart disease, and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention” were stressed by Dr Alam who also added that “the center is unique and is different from other existing services in the country”.

    As for Dr. Sarkis, he emphasized the importance of heart disease prevention for women by stating: “There is a misconception about coronary heart disease which is commonly considered a disease mostly affecting men. Another misconception is to consider that cancer is the leading cause for mortality in women. In fact many studies prove that mortality from cardiovascular diseases in women is seven times more than mortality from breast cancer. Nowadays one woman over three will die from cardiovascular disease and at a younger age due to increased smoking in women, while in many countries men have reduced their cigarette consumption.” 

    As guests arrived to the center, they were given a tour of the facility and were familiarized with the medical equipment. Shortly after, invitees were escorted to the Presidential Palace for the opening ceremony, where a press conference took place, followed by a cocktail reception.