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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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05

Oct 2011

Breaking The Silence

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Kampala October 3rd, 2009, Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) joined the rest of the world to mark October international breast cancer awareness month.  During October it is a time to increase awareness about breast cancer for all and especially the importance of Breast Self Examination (BSE), screening, early detection and treatment.

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More than 600people participated at the 2nd breast cancer awareness charity walk organized by UWOCASO. The event marked the month’s activities of increasing awareness about breast cancer. The walk started from Mulago National referral hospital through Kampala streets and ended at Sheraton Hotel gardens with speeches. Participants included senior doctors, nurses and group employees from Mulago national referral hospital and other hospitals around Kampala, commissioners from Ministry of Health, University students, schools children, corporate organizations,  like minded organizations like Hospice Africa, African Palliative Care Association, survivors and members of the public.

\r\nIn his speech, the chief walker (The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda Hon. Prof. Gilbert Bukenya) who was represented by Hon. Dr.  James Baba (MP), Minister of state office of the Vice President noted that the burden of cancers is already felt by government and has affected the overall development of the country. He urged scientists, researchers and academicians who participated at the walk as a matter of urgency to revitalize cancer research so as to establish accurate figures to help government plan for a cancer control program. He applauded UWOCASO for taking the lead to raise awareness about breast and cervical cancers which are the major cause of cancer death in Ugandan women. He pledged on behalf the government of Uganda to support UWOCASO’s activities through its Ministry of Health and government agencies by partnership and collaborative efforts.\r\n\r\nMr. A. M Gakwaya Senior Consultant surgeon at Mulago national referral hospital and advisor to UWOCASO informed participants that the incidence of breast and other cancers was increasing. “According to Mulago medical records, the incidence of breast cancer has increased by 63% in the last 15years and the 5year survivor rate is still worrying at 56%”, he said. He reported that many rural and upcountry cases are not reported since majority of patients die before reaching Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) at Mulago for diagnosis. UCI is the only cancer centre serving 30million people.   Dr. Gakwaya cried out to government to support UWOCASO’s initiative to increase awareness about the disease.\r\n

Gertrude Nakigudde the Public Relations and Advocacy officer for UWOCASO in her welcoming remarks informed walkers that it was high time to talk about breast and other cancers because they have silently claimed a big number of Ugandans.  She lamented that breast cancer carries a lot of stigma and therefore people suffer silently. ” During this month and beyond, as survivors we are opening up to the public that we have faced the fatal disease and survived it” She said. “We are out to partner with like minded organisations to increase awareness and end stigmain about the disease” She formed participants that breast cancer has no boundaries therefore a consolidated effort was urgently required.

\r\nUWOCASO celebrated the month with the theme “Breaking the silence about breast cancer” activities focused on bringing breast cancer in the spotlight both to the public and government.  Various activities were organized throughout the month which included Radio and television talk shows and call in programs. Articles and survivors’ testimonies run in all the newspapers and magazines throughout the period.  At Sheraton gardens where all walkers gathered breast health, cancer education sessions and clinical breast examination were conducted by survivors and a medical team.  Educational materials like fliers, brochures, T-shirts and caps were also distributed to all participants.\r\n

We thank our sponsors, partners and collaborators who made it possible for UWOCASO to increase awareness and support the  world cancer declaration.

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04

Feb 2011

World Cancer Day February 4, 2011

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Kampala February 4, 2011 Stakeholders in the fight against cancer in Uganda converged at a breakfast dialogue at Protea Hotel Kampala to commemorate world cancer day.  Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) planned and coordinated the preparations and activities of the day.  Due to increasing incidence and mortality of cancer in Uganda UWOCASO saw it necessary to bring together all stakeholders and partners in order to forge an alliance for cancer prevention and control in Uganda.

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In his key note address Dr.Saweka Joaquim the Uganda Country Representative of WHO, informed participants that as far back as 2004, cancer became the leading cause of death accounting for 7.4 million deaths which represented 13% of all deaths worldwide. WHO projects that an estimated 12 million cancer-related deaths will occur in the year 2030. The main types of cancer leading to overall cancer mortality each year include lung cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, breast and cancer of the cervix.

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He also mentioned that available evidence indicates that more than 30% of cancer could be prevented by modifying or avoiding the following risk factors including tobacco use, being overweight or obese, low fruit and vegetable intake, physical inactivity; alcohol use; sexually transmitted Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection; urban air pollution; and indoor smoke from household use of solid fuels.\r\nHe commended the organizers for bringing cancer to the attention of key stake holders because fighting cancer needs a concerted effort.

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The dialogue meeting was our landmark event for partnership and networking with Ministry of Health, WHO, Professionals from National referral hospital, Patient Advocates, corporate organizations, civil societies and community leaders. See detailed report……….

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