Every month, local unit women gather for a traditional coffee drinking ceremony to learn about health, discuss social issues and share personal stories. In order to help local unit and community women connect and share challenges, learn how to take care of themselves as women, foster solidarity, and find a space for emotional and psychological support that relieves them from family responsibilities, WHAE recently added a Motherhood module to its health education manual. Nurses provide the monthly health education and keep track of the women’s blood pressure and sugar levels.
The first year of the health education program focuses on disease prevention and on illnesses that impact women to reduce the vulnerability of women and their families to illnesses. WHAE named April 2022 as Breast Cancer Awareness month in order to support primary and early detection of reproductive cancers and to make mammograms and cervical cancer screenings more accessible to women over 45.