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Nov 2011

Riding Together for Breast Cancer awareness

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Kampala Uganda October 30th, 2011. Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organiation (UWOCASO) concluded the month of breast cancer awareness activities with a bicycle ride. In conjunction with Uganda Cycling Association, UWOCASO organized a bicycle ride within Makindye division a  suburb of  Kampala capital city.

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Participants turned up in numbers regardless of age, sex, religious affiliation, nationality, political, social and economic status to show their commitment to the fight against cancer. The ride was organized to increase awareness about the importance of physical exercise in cancer prevention, address stigma, strengthen partnership and raise funds for cancer awareness programs in rural areas.

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In her messages relayed by Dr. James Sekajugo Project Manager Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the Ministry of Health, The Minister of Health Dr. Christine Androa noted that 40% of cancers can be prevented by modifying lifestyle like involving in exercise such as bicycle ride, increased intake of fruits and vegetables, reduced intake of sugars and circulated salts, reduced use of tobacco and alcohol and vaccinating sexually transmitted HVP and hepatitis B virus.

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At this event Dr. Sekajugo revealed that the Government of Uganda started vaccinating girls below 12years against cervical cancer at no fee.  He informed participants that a pilot project has been in Nakasongola and Ibanda since 2008. He added that by 2014 Government wants  all the girls in at least 14 districts be vaccinated against cancer of cervix.

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On behalf of the Minister and Government of Uganda, Dr. Sekajugo commended Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation(UWOCASO)  for taking the lead to increase awareness about breast cancer in particular and cancers in general during October. “Ministry of Health is prepared to support your programs and I am personally impressed by  your efforts in this tremendous work”. He added.

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At the same event Dr. Jacinto Amandua Commissioner clinical services at the Ministry of Health Commended the  work survivors and advocates do in the overall prevention and management of cancer in the country. He encouraged civil societies  then present to join UWOCASO and other development partners and work with Government  to come up with strategies to combat cancer which is now looming reality in the country.

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At the event also present was the Mayor of Makindye division Dr. Ian Clerk who was represented by his deputy, local leaders in the division, religious leaders, management and staff of corporate organisations, leaders of different sports organsations in the country, Media houses, Uganda Police and the general public. Civil societies and hospitals which included Uganda Cancer Society, AGHA Uganda, Wrap UP Africa, Palliative Care Uganda and Hospice Africa, Nsambya Hospital, International Hospital Kampala and Uganda Cancer Institute exhibited their work in cancer control and participated in educating the public about cancers throughout the day.

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Over a hundred people registered and participated in the race in various categories and distances which ranged from 1km to 24km within Makindye Division. Winners were awarded with different prizes which included trophies, medals and certificates. The overall winner of the day was a five year old boy who particiapted and competed a distance of 24km with adults, he won a sport bicycle.

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Other activities of the day included cancer educational sessions by partners and UWOCASO members, breast and cervical cancer screening by a mobile team from Uganda Cancer Institute. Three hundred women attended cancer educational sessions and 54 women were screened for breast and cervical cancers.  A week after the event another 27 women contacted UWOCASO offices for screening services. UWOCASO arranged for their screening with Uganda Women’s Health Initiative (UWHI) at Kampala city Council clinic in Kisugu Makindye division.

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At the beginning of October UWOCASO held a press conference which was attended by 30 media houses.  This media briefing launched the bicycle ride and the month’s activities. Subsequently UWOCASO members were hosted for talk shows and call in programs by different radios and televisions. Survivor stories also appeared in various newspapers throughout the month.  These programs had a great impact on the population. UBC and Star TVs being some of the host TVs for October programs registered two hundred women who needed breast and cervical cancer screening.  In response to media programs during the period, over 100 people contacted UWOCASO office in search of various cancer information which included cancer screening, survivorship information, access to prosthesis and diagnostic services.

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In addition UWOCASO members also addressed women employees and women Members of Parliament on breast and cervical cancers prevention and diagnosis.

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We thank all supporters and sponsors for the bicycle ride and other activities of the month.

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