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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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19

Nov 2010

Advocates in Action

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EARLY DETECTION AND REGULAR CHECK-UPS HOLD\r\n\r\nKampala October 30th, 2010, Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) joined    the rest of the world to mark October international breast cancer awareness month.  UWOCASO in partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Health, Uganda Cancer Institute, WBS Television and WAVA  Water, N.C Beverages and Blue Cube  Ltd organized a 3rd Annual Breast cancer awareness charity walk.\r\n\r\nParticipants who turned up for the event matched in unity against breast cancer from Parliament of Uganda, through Kampala streets to Kitante Primary Schools for speeches. Breast cancer survivors, advocates, supporters from all parts of the country convened at Parliament of Uganda to show their support to breast cancer awareness.\r\n\r\nIn his speech which was read by Hon. Pherry  Kabanda Member of Parliament of Uganda , the chief walker (The Prime Minister of the republic of Uganda, Prof. Apollo Nsibambi)  noted that globally cancer kills more people that HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria put together. More than 75% of the new cancer cases and cancer deaths will be in the developing countries especially sub-Sahara Africa. More than 70% of cancer in developing countries is diagnosed too late for cure. In short cancer in developing countries is a looming crisis but which remains a silent crisis.\r\nIn Uganda the increase in cancer cases is attributed to:- changing life styles, viral infections and environmental changes. This is compounded by poor access to health services and low levels of awareness about cancer. “We are aware that only 4% of cancer diagnosed currently present for treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute, which implies 96% die without the needed medical care” he said.\r\n“As Government of Uganda we want to congulatulate UWOCASO for the recommendable job of raising awareness about cancer to the general population” He reminded participants of  Uganda’s approach to HIV/AIDS whereby raising public awareness paid dividends in reducing the rates of infection.\r\n\r\nHe added that organizing such a charity walk and other activities to raise awareness UWOCASO is assisting government and stakeholders in health with a critical step in the fight against cancer, specifically breast and cervical cancer.\r\nHe mentioned that Government is already in the process of granting full autonomy to the Uganda Cancer Institute so that UWOCASO’S request for researched data to back your lobbying and advocacy activities is readily available. He added that government will continue to support other cancer control related measures such as equipping regional referral hospitals so that these can handle cancer patients from these regions.\r\nHe urged participants to make it a responsibility to share and spread the theme of this Charity Walk namely: “Early Detection and Regular Check-ups Hold the Key”.\r\n\r\nDr. Isaac Ezati, Director of Planning and Development in the Ministry of Health informed participants that the Ministry recognizes UWOCASO’S efforts to increase awareness about breast and cervical cancers in Uganda. He saluted the organization for educating the public the importance of early diagnosis and treatment by always sharing survivors’ experiences with the public. He demonstrated steps of Breast Self Examination (BSE) to participants and urged both men and women to always check their breasts and always to be cautious of any abnormalities. He pledged on behalf of the Ministry of Health to support UWOCASO’s activities and programs.\r\n\r\nActivities of the day included breast and cervical cancer educational sessions at different partners’ exhibition stalls, networking and distribution of IEC materials. Kitante Primary school pupils entertained participants with cancer powerful messages through songs and poems.\r\nWe thank our sponsors, partners and collaborators who made it possible for UWOCASO to increase awareness and support world cancer declaration.  About World Cancer Declaration visit www.uicc.org

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05

Jul 2010

Government Action On Breast Cancer

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Kampala July 3rd 2010, Ugandan Ministry of Health pledged to donate an outreach van to Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO) as a way of scaling up cancer awareness programs in the country.  This was disclosed by Dr. Asuman Lukwago, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Health at the 1st fundraising dinner which was organized by UWOCASO on July 3rd 2010, at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala. At the dinner which was officiated by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Permanent Secretary expressed Ministry’s gratitude towards UWOCASO efforts to raise awareness and support patients without resources.  He pledged on behalf of the Health Ministry to support and partner with UWOCASO to intensify cancer awareness programs throughout the country.

\r\nWhile applauding Ministry of Health’s pledge to donate a vehicle towards Uganda women’s Cancer Support organization (UWOCASO)’s activities, the guest of honor Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Uganda  cautioned doctors to engage in research so that the cause of breast cancer be known, she encouraged practising doctors to always talk to their patients about breast cancer and where possible perfom a clinical breast examination as part of thier procedure.\r\n\r\nShe challenged the Ministry of Health about the insufficiency of equipments and facilities for cancer treatment which are only based in Kampala.\r\n\r\nThe chairperson of UWOCASO, Mrs. Speciosa Kabwegyere in her speech thanked members of UWOCASO for the tireless efforts during the preparations and subsequent success of the function. In a special way she thanked corporate organizations and individuals who contributed, donated, participated and made the dinner a success. She informed guests that the dinner was a landmark event for fundraising, partnerships and networking in order to fight the increasing incidences and breast cancer mortalities in Uganda.\r\n\r\nThe dinner was organized under the theme “Hope After cancer, Early detection and regular check-ups holds the key” with an objective to increase awareness about breast and cervical cancers, end stigma about the disease and raise funds for outreach programs.\r\n\r\nAt the event survivors entertained guests by performing a skit about breast cancer journey which was followed by a fashion show and modeling on stage.  This was evident to guests that there is quality life after cancer as this was clearly demonstrated by survivors’ warm participation in fahion show and modelling on stage. Educational materials about breast cancer and breast self examination  were also distributed to all guests as a way of increasing awareness.\r\n\r\nThe dinner opened with  acolorful candle lighting moment and prayers in memory of all those that had lost their battle to breast and other cancers. Atter a delicious meal the function was concluded with an auction which attracted many pledges and donations towards the noble cause.

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