Bahrain Polytechnic’s community made up of students, alumni and staff have contributed in developing parts of the bilingual mobile application “iCheck” which aims to raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as to teach the users how to preform breast self-examinations and to correct misconceptions.
This application which is now available on Android and IOS was solely funded by donations from the community in the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of Think Pink Bahrain’s research and education fund. Following extensive research and medical professional involvement this mobile education tool has been developed as a means of overcoming privacy issues and by giving a local discourse.
“The mobile application “iCheck” came about to the Charity understanding a gap that needed to be addressed. The project itself was researched extensively by Executive Committee member Mrs. Anne Marie O’Shea for her MSC. The evidence, based on local data, enabled the team to craft an application that addressed the needs of Bahrain.
With the support of Bahrain Polytechnic’s student, alumni and staff, the vision came to light. It is the first breast cancer awareness application in the GCC tailored to Arabic and English speakers. The application better supports education in the privacy of the phone user. It is just one of our high impact milestones delivered to the Kingdom with the funds raised from the 2016-2017 campaign”, said PhD(c) Julie Sprakel, Founder and Chairwoman of Think Pink: Bahrain Breast Cancer Society.
Bahrain Polytechnic has been supporting the Think Pink Bahrain since 2014, through various service-learning projects, initiatives and events, and the contribution towards the development of the application has been the latest project between both parties.
“We aim to encourage our students, alumni and staff to give back to the community by offering pro bono services in their area of knowledge and expertise. This project is the true meaning of collaborative work, and we are very pleased to have supported the development of the application” said Sh. Faye Al Khalifa, Head of the Commercial and Community Initiatives at Bahrain Polytechnic.