Survivorship stories about cancer, within the Multicultural and Muslim communities is not commonly shared, primarily due to the fear and stigma associated with a cancer diagnosis. The SAHA Video Series, seeks to promote stories of survivorship within the Muslim community, to shine a light that cancer doesn't always have to have a bad ending. Improved screening, treatment options and lifestyle changes can all help to improve the quality of life of Muslims affected by cancer.
Service access, has been highlighted among focus group discussions, and community consultations as being a an issue for many within the multicultural Muslim communities. As component of Project SAHA , is the development of new website for the Sisters Cancer Support Group. The website will direct visitors to trusted support services within their local area, and provide them with access to cultrually appropriate services and information .
Living a healthy lifestyle is essential for cancer patients post treatment. The SAHA project seeks to promote holistic health and wellbeing within multicultural Muslim community through the promotion of the ESSENCE model of health. This will be part of community education session about SAHA and will be led by health professionals and SCSG facilitators.
"I didn't know they existed" - service awareness is critical for community members to make use of some excellent support services available. However, the effort shouldn't stop at getting clients to the door. Services should have a level of cultural awareness on how to work responsively with the culturally and linguistically diverse needs of community members from multicultural Muslim backgrounds. SAHA seeks to inform key Cancer services on how to work more effectively with community members from Muslim faith, through direct engagement at the SAHA Health Forum, and through future project presentations and conferences.
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