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Mon 15 Oct 2007 07:33 PM

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Laura Bush heads for Middle East tour

America's First Lady will spend five days raising awareness of healthcare initiatives such as breast cancer.

America's First Lady Laura Bush is arriving in the UAE on Saturday as the first stop on a five-day Middle East tour that will also take in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan.

During the trip, the wife of U.S. President George Bush will meet with key officials, medical and educational leaders, and leaders of women's groups.

While in the region she will visit several cancer treatment and screening centres and launch new cancer awareness activities. She will observe first-hand the U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research and discuss ways to expand its role.

In the United Arab Emirates, Mrs. Bush will visit a Pink Majlis in Abu Dhabi, where women can go to learn about breast cancer and preventative care.

She will meet with Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, widow of the founder and president of the country, the late Sheikh Zayed. In Dubai, she will join private sector leaders to launch a Breast Cancer Workplace Awareness program.

In Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Bush will meet with King Abdallah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud before launching the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research at the King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh and tour the Kingdom's first-ever community cancer screening centre.

Moving on to Jeddah, she will hold a discussion with breast cancer survivors and advocates.

In Kuwait, Mrs. Bush will meet with women democratic reformers, legal advocates and business leaders, and visit successful Middle East Partnership Initiative programs, including education and scholarship projects.

In Jordan, Mrs. Bush will meet with His Majesty King Abdullah II before visiting the King Hussein Cancer Centre to unveil a model of Jordan's first community breast cancer screening centre and announce the expansion of the Partnership to additional countries in the Middle East.

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