More northern towns added to cancer outreach programme

21 Jan 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) will expand its Northern Outreach Programme to include more Namibian towns, CAN Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rolf Hansen said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a media briefing on the CAN’s plans for this year, Hansen said: “During 2016, we will expand our Northern Outreach Programme to include the Onandjokwe Hospital in Ondangwa as well as reaching out to Rundu, Katima Mulilo and Rehoboth”.
The Northern Outreach Programme was launched in August 2015 to amongst others facilitate outreach projects on breast cancer and cervical cancer and conduct Pap Smear clinic training.
Moreover, Hansen reminded the public that cancer is among the biggest killers in the world and is superseding tuberculosis and malaria worldwide.
Looking at Namibia and its small population, Hansen described the average of cancer diagnosis in Namibia as shocking.
“It is imperative to understand that a shocking average of 3 000 cases of cancer are diagnosed with Namibians on average annually.”
Other CAN projects and programmes set for 2016 include the man and woman clinics that will be taking place at the CAN Clinic 90 in John Meinert Street in Windhoek.
The man clinic that will focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male breast cancer awareness is scheduled for 02 February 2016.
The woman clinic is scheduled for the 11th of February 2016 and focus on breast and cervical cancer awareness.
Hansen said the CAN paid out an amount of N.dollars 2,438,141.00 in 2015 alone to cover medical expenses, accommodation and transport costs of cancer patients.
“The amount does not include operational cost, office expenses and awareness and education campaigns, thus giving you a clear indication of how desperately the Cancer Association of Namibia needs the support of Namibians to assist us as a welfare organisation to make an impact in the fight against cancer in Namibia.”
The Cancer Association of Namibia was founded in 1968 as a non-profit welfare organisation and therefore relies on corporate entities and private individuals for funding in order to carry out its operations and assist Namibians in the fight against cancer.