Breast and cervical screening in Muslim communities

Kirklees Council Public Health department, Public Health England (embedded within NHS England) and a local community centre (the Eden Foundation) have been working in partnership to increase screening uptake in Muslim communities.

The project involved engaging Muslim communities to understand the barriers which prevent or deter access to breast and cervical screening in particular.

The partnership held bowel screening awareness events separately for Muslim males and females, with a mix of ages and generations which helped those who could not speak English as others could translate on their behalf. This also initiated an inter-generational approach, highlighting the importance of educating younger people around cancer screening programmes and symptom awareness, enabling them to support and encourage older generations to partake in screening.

This continued collaboration and the success of the bowel screening event led to further conversations on the promotion of breast and cervical screening with the Eden Foundation.

During ongoing discussions, it became clear how influential Muslim scholars can be in the decisions the community and it’s members’ make.

Various conclusions were drawn from the event, in particular, understanding of the multi-faceted barriers and the influences relating to Muslim communities. Many of the barriers towards screening are not exclusive to the Muslim community, and were concurrent across a variety of ethnicities, such as issues of privacy and dignity. The lack of knowledge was cited as the biggest barrier.

There are many initiatives which could be employed within the community to address the many barriers highlighted in this report. Whilst this conference was local, any findings can be applied to Muslims across a variety of ethnicities in the UK due to the same Muslim identity.

To read the full report please see here: Kirklees Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Muslim Communities.

A collaborative study to understand and meet the needs of a Luton community and influence flu vaccination uptake

Public Health England, NHS England and Essex Partnership University NHS Trust have been working with Maidenhall Primary school in Luton to improve flu vaccination uptake.

With a range of complications identified from Muslim communities around the porcine gelatine content found in the flu vaccination injection, the three health agencies have tried a nasal flu alternative to drive improvement in uptake.

Working with schools in the Bury Park area of Luton, which has a high concentration of Muslim families and where injection uptake was as low as 10.8%, the study has found a marked increase in uptake within 2 years where the nasal alternative was offered. In fact, in year two, uptake increased from 25.3% to 57.4%.

This is a great example of health agencies and communities working together to develop faith-sensitive approaches, delivering improved results.

For more details please click here for slides from a session held by Public Health England.

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Ramadan mubarak – newsletter April 2021
Mental health support – newsletter March 2021
Preparing for Eid-Al-Adha – newsletter July 2020
Black Lives Matter – newsletter June 2020
Annual General Meeting  newsletter March 2020
Kickstart your health  newsletter July 2020
MNHC Structure Chart
Mentoring and Buddying Schemes
MNHC Priorities
2019 Annual General Meeting
What makes us healthy? An introduction to the social determinants of health
Islam & resilience: Resilience is not just about your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances
2018 Year in review
Community Engagement of Mosques in Health Promotion in Birmingham
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Muslim Network Launch event
Diverse approaches to mental health
Diverse approaches to mental health SEMINAR
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