HSM Created A Seminar To Build Awareness of Bleeding Disorders

The Hemophilia Society of Malaysia (HSM) held the ‘CREATING AWARENESS AND EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS WITH INHERITED BLEEDING DISORDERS’ webinar on 30 October 2021.

The seminar is held in order to build awareness of inherited bleeding disorders and empower the female community that suffers from them.

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Joining in to support this movement was Dr. Kuldip Kaur A/P Prem Singh, Director of Sungai Buloh Hospital, along with other local medical experts to maximize the impact of this campaign.

“As we move forward, I believe it is important for people to be well informed on the subject of bleeding disorders, so that women who have inherited it need not feel ashamed of their condition; with campaigns such as this, we can change what is considered taboo to be normal.”

Most bleeding disorders are inherited and passed down through genetics and affect the clotting of blood that results in excessive bleeding both inside and outside the body. The inability to form blood clots can be dangerous, and they lead to easy bruising, frequent nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, and excessive bleeding from minor cuts. Hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease (VWD) are the most common inherited bleeding disorders.

Girls that have inherited these disorders face some complications when they come of age and start menstruating. These women experience menorrhagia during their menstruation, causing them to bleed excessively for more than seven days. Though every individual is different, to give a rough understanding of the volume of blood lost during their menstruation period – women with these disorders would typically bleed the equivalent of what a regular person would in seven days, during their first and second day.Image 03

Edwin Goh, President of the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia (HSM), said,

Bleeding disorders have been male-centric due to the predominance of hemophilia in men. Because of this, the troubles and voices of the minority female population are disregarded. We need to work collectively to embrace these women, and show them they are accepted in our society, and that there is nothing to be ashamed about.”

At the press conference, Mdm. Kim Chew, Hemophilia A Carrier, Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) patient and Pn. Norhana Hussain, Hemophilia B Carrier Factor 9 Deficiency Patient, expressed that it is especially difficult for younger girls that are just beginning to get their period as they often find blood leaking through their clothes. Embarrassed and traumatized from this, most of them usually lock themselves up at home to avoid any contact with people. The trauma and routine is carried on towards their adult lives.

Hence, the ‘CREATING AWARENESS AND EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS WITH INHERITED
BLEEDING DISORDERS’ campaign was established to encourage the female population with inherited bleeding disorders to accept their condition openly, and keep the public well informed so that they do not be too quick to criticize or judge when encountering such situations.

Sponsors – McMillan Woods Global, Novo Nordisk, TDOX Clinic, and Onecare Wellness were quick to jump in this movement and be exemplary role models as they stand alongside women with bleeding disorders.

The webinar was hosted by Dr. Choo Mei Sze, Youth Ambassador of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia. Local medical experts that supported the virtual event and gave empowering keynote sessions include:
⦁ Women’s Group Advisor – Dr. Jameela Sathar, Senior Consultant Hematologist at Ampang Hospital
⦁ Dr. Veena Selvaratnam, Hematologist at Ampang Hospital
⦁ Dr. Lavitha Sivapatham, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Ampang Hospital
⦁ Pn. Suzanah Abd Hamid, Psychology Officer at Sabah Women & Children Hospital Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

WATSONS Partners with BCWA for “Pink Power” Campaign

Approximately 1 in 20 women in Malaysia are at risk in developing breast cancer in their lifetime according to data from the National Cancer Registry of Malaysia. Understanding more about breast cancer may help save lives and also improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

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Watsons in-collaboration with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA) for the second consecutive year, aims to promote the early detection of breast cancer among Malaysian women through the Watsons Pink Power campaign.

The Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA) was founded in 1986 by medical specialists who realized the need for peer support for women with breast cancer and promotes public education of the early detection of breast cancer. The association is solely funded by public donations, membership fee and fund-raising activities.

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The Pink Power campaign by Watsons which starts from 1st to 31st October 2019 will enable shoppers to contribute to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA) by purchasing RM50 and above of participating product brands, where RM1 will be donated with every RM50 purchase.

In addition, shoppers will get a free RM10 voucher from participating brands. Participating brands of the Watsons Pink Power campaign includes  Naturals by Watsons, Pink by Pure Beauty, Betadine, Bio essence, Blackmores, Biore, Cetaphil, Gatsby, Good Virtues Co, Herbal Essences, Hada Labo, Kitsui, Kinohimitsu, Lifebuoy, Loreal Paris, Max Factor X, Maybelline, NH Detoxlim, Nivea, Nutox Stay Young, Nature’ Bounty, Oral B, Rimmel, Shokubutsu, Safi, Sunsilk, Simple, Vantelin, Vaseline and Wardah.

The pink ribbon which is a global symbolism of breast cancer awareness will also be available in the form of pink ribbon magnets which can be purchased at only RM5 in selected Watsons stores and online. Upon purchase, customers will get free health check and a free express make-over by Watsons experts.

“Every year, October marks the Breast Cancer Awareness month worldwide to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. With the Watsons Pink Power campaign, we aim to make a difference by empowering our shoppers as well as our staff to educate themselves on breast cancer awareness including promoting regular health checks. In order to reach out to the younger set of audience, this year we decided to bring to life the journey of a breast cancer survivor in a touching Instagram

Story inspired by a real-life breast cancer survivor. As there is nothing more impactful than visual messaging. We hope this video will increase the awareness of breast cancer and encourage self-checks and early detection. The Pink Power campaign in-collaboration with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia aims to communicate that breast cancer patients have support groups with various programs. This is so that breast cancer patients don’t feel helpless and alone in their challenging journey combating the disease. It is our privilege yet again for the second consecutive year to partner with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia. We hope that the donations channeled from the Watsons Pink Power campaign to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia will enable the association to continue with their mission to improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer and to create a well-informed society with regard to breast health and breast cancer”, said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

Present during the Pink Power campaign launch were Ms. Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia, Ms. Ranjit Kaur, President of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, Ms. Janet Khor, Vice President of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, Ms. Low Siew Hui, Finance Director of Watsons Malaysia and also a member of the Global Group CSR Committee, and Mr. Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia, partner brands representatives, members of the media and breast cancer survivors. The media were also treated to a fashion show in-collaboration with MIXXO, a leading women’s fashion brand from Korea. During the fashion show, breast cancer awareness messaging was communicated through the models.

To find out more of how you can support the Watsons Pink Ribbon campaign, visit http://www.watsons.com.my and the official hashtags for Pink Power campaign is #pinkpower #wellbeingASW #BCWA.

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Marigold Peel Fresh Encourage Healthy Eating for Children

As Malaysia’s No.1 Pasteurised Fruit Juice drink choice, the nation’s drink of choice aims to address the country’s alarmingly low intake of fruits and vegetables, especially amongst the younger generation through its MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH Daily Fruit Goodness roadshow.

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The campaign which kicked-off in July saw its brand ambassador, Lisa Surihani uniting parents via a panel discussion to address the decline in consumption of fruits and vegetables amongst Malaysians and a parent’s role in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices for their families.

“As a mother of two, my husband and I try to set a good example and are more conscious about what we consume by involving our children in the selection of fruits and vegetables at home. We make it a point for our household meals to be balanced and consist of leafy greens and nutritious fruits. Despite our busy schedules, we find it important to find time to sit down and enjoy a family meal together for better quality family time.”

Sharing their views on modelling healthy habits for their families alongside Lisa Surihani, were Audrey Ooi (fourfeetnine) and Aliza Yasmin (Lizzie), who have made names for themselves through their parenting and family stories, especially within the motherhood community.

Both panellists agreed that the campaign provided an excellent platform for parents to come together and share their own experiences on trying to cultivate healthy lifestyle choices amongst their children. The panel discussion offered tried and tested methods used in making it a more fun experience for the younger generation to incorporate fruits and fruit juices as part of a balanced diet.

Commenting further on the roadshow, Michael Ong, Deputy General Manager, MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH said,

“We understand the challenges faced by parents, especially in this competitive environment that we live in today where everyone is always on the go. It is especially difficult for parents to encourage their children to have the recommended two servings of fruits and vegetables daily when they have difficulties doing so themselves. The campaign is in support of the recommendation and MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH serves to complement the daily recommended servings for extra daily fruit goodness. It is convenient and it comes in its ready-to-drink packaging.”

For more information on the  upcoming events for MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ilovepeelfresh.my/.