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Nov 2015

Cancer Awareness and Screening Campaign on 18th, October 2015 Ntinda

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Kampala Uganda October 18th, 2015. Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) In partnership with Uganda Cancer Institute Partnership with African Initiative for Relief & Development.(AIRD)organized a cancer awareness campaign with activities of Breast, Cervical and  Prostate cancer education & screening at St Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Ntinda Kampala.\r\n\r\nMen and women turned up in numbers to show their commitment to the fight against cancer. The campaign was organized to raise awareness and to offer free breast and cervical screening for women and prostate cancer for men above 45years, counseling and link identified cancer cases to appropriate diagnosistic and treatment centers demystify negative attitudes and myths towards cancer, mobilize women to go for breast and cervical cancer screening under the theme “Nobody Should Fight Cancer Alone”\r\n\r\nOver Hundred men and women were educated for Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancers and screened Breast cancer and Doctors were considering for all women who were not breast feeding and weaning at less than 2 months & Cervical cancer screening was considered for were not in menstruation, pregnant just delivered mothers and sexually active women and those who were Psychologically ready who were ready to be screened and prostate to men who were above 45 were written down and follow up has already done by UCI. A wider population learnt cancer and other aspects of prevention, control and management, signs and symptoms of the disease in Uganda.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHuge number of men and women were educated for Breast, cervical and prostate cancers Over 100 women screened at the end of the day, all people who attended the camp were registered and all men who wanted to screen their prostate were all linked to Uganda cancer Institute for screening, IEC materials were produced and distributed to all people who turned up, wider understanding of cancer and other aspects of prevention, control and management, signs and symptoms of the disease, improved knowledge about early signs of breast, cervical and prostate cancers.\r\n\r\nOther activities of the day included cancer educational sessions by Uganda Cancer Institute educator and UWOCASO team members, breast and cervical sharing testimonies by cancer survivors from UWOCASO, screening by Uganda Cancer Institute and all women who attended cancer educational sessions and 85 women were screened for breast and cervical cancers.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIn addition UWOCASO members also addressed all people on breast and cervical cancers prevention and diagnosis on all our social networks of Facebook and Website.\r\n\r\nFunded by; African Initiative for Relief & Development (AIRD) \r\n\r\n 

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04

Nov 2015

Kitgum Cancer Camp October 5th-10th 2015

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Kampala Uganda October 10th, 2015. Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) concluded the month of breast cancer awareness activities with Breast cancer education & screening. In conjunction with Oncology for Africa and St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum organized a cancer camp from 5th -10th October 2015.\r\n\r\nParticipants 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 camp was organized to raise awareness and offer a free breast and cervical cancer screening for women in Kitgum district, to increase awareness about the importance of screening, Breast Self Examination, the importance of Early Detection of breast and other cancers under the theme “Nobody Should Fight Cancer Alone”\r\n\r\nOver Thousand people were educated for Breast and Cervical Cancers and screened Breast cancer and Doctors were considering for all women who were not breast feeding and weaning at less than 2 months & Cervical cancer screening was considered for were not in menstruation, pregnant just delivered mothers and sexually active women and those who were Psychologically ready who were ready to be screened. A wider population learnt cancer and other aspects of prevention, control and management, signs and symptoms of the disease in Uganda.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAbout 1280 women screened both cervical and breast cancer during the campaign, 2700 people were sensitized about the risk factors, signs, importance of screening, BSE and early treatment of breast, cervical and other cancers, strengthened partnerships between Oncology for Africa, SJHK and UWOCASO, 5000 fliers both in English and LUO for BSE, cervical cancer facts were distributed to the population, at the campaign SJHK were able to do routine free cervical and breast cancer screening, reduction on stigma, myths and misconception about cancer.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nOther activities of the day included cancer educational sessions by UWOCASO team members, breast and cervical sharing testimonies by cancer survivors from UWOCASO, screening by a team from St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum. Two Thousand women attended cancer educational sessions and 2763 women were screened for breast and cervical cancers.  A week after the event a number of women contacted UWOCASO offices for screening services.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAt the beginning of October, UWOCASO held a press conference on 01st October 2015, which was attended by more than 25 media houses to launch October Breast Cancer Month with a cancer camp in Kitgum District October 5th-10th 2015. This was held at UWOCASO Office Ntinda Kampala. This was aimed at informing the public about the increasing incidences of cancer in Uganda which was a driving force for UWOCASO and partners to increase awareness in rural communities through organizing such events. UWOCASO hosted various media houses to announce the campaign, increase awareness and bring to attention of the public the need for screening and early detection and treatment. Survivor stories also appeared in various newspapers throughout the month.  These programs had a great impact on the population. Record and Delta TVs and XFM Radio being some of the host TVs and Radios for October programs registered two hundred women who needed breast and cervical cancer screening.  In response to media programs during the period, over 400 people contacted UWOCASO office to access various cancer information which included cancer screening, survivorship information, accessing prosthesis, bras and diagnostic services.\r\n\r\nIn addition UWOCASO members also addressed all people on breast and cervical cancers prevention and diagnosis on all our social networks of Facebook and Website.\r\n\r\nWe thank our Funder Oncology for Africa from Italy and our Partners of St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum for the activities in this campaign

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02

Nov 2015

Marren, the grateful Cancer survivor gives back to community

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After surviving stage 3 colon cancer and the overwhelming support from friends, family and total strangers to a social media fundraising campaign for her treatment, Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, made her-self a promise. The promise was to give a helping hand to cancer patients and survivors after her recovery.\r\n\r\n“I wanted to give back to society, to support others the way I have been supported”, says Marren. “I specifically wanted to support my fellow women’, Marren, a long serving feminist and activist notes.\r\n\r\nSo after she was declared cured from cancer in 2014, Marren set out to fulfil her promise.\r\n“I wanted to give back to my people within in East Africa, but didn’t know who to support. I surfed the internet for organisations/associations dealing with cancer support until I zeroed down on the Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO)”.\r\n\r\nFrom the information on their website, Marren tracked down UWOCASO’s physical address in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb where she met its administrators, made acquaintances and promised to return.\r\n\r\nA week later, on the 29th October 2015, Marren returned to UWOCASO, but this time, not empty handed. She donated 1,000 Dollars (3.5 million Ugandan Shillings) to the association.\r\n\r\n“My friends from Switzerland helped me to raise the funds by putting on a musical concert. I thank God for such friends”. Said Marren as she handed over the cheque.\r\n\r\nMarren promises to continue supporting and fundraising for cancer patients. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Uganda because its treatment is not affordable to many. Initiatives like hers, could help save lives.\r\n\r\nRead more about Marren’s story here or watch video here.

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