The new chief executive officer of the Cancer Association of Namibia, Mr Rolf Hansen, expressed his gratitude to the public who support the worthy cause of fighting cancer in Namibia.
“Without the support of our people, our own projects and the projects of volunteers who come to the table to present projects in aid of the Association,” said Hansen.
‘Northern Outreach’, their most recent impact project, where the CEO and newly-appointed in-house medical sister, Sr Christy Kavetuna, are visiting northern Namibia to facilitate outreach projects on breast and cervical cancer, conduct pap smear clinic training and awareness and support services training, was launched on 11 and 12 August in Oshakati.
“From Oshakati to Rundu, Katima Mulilo, and then the deep South is next. We are coming Namibia, we are here and we will make a difference,” said Sr Kavetuna.
Meanwhile, it is imperative to understand that a shocking average of 3000 cases of cancer are diagnosed with Namibians annually.
The Association tries to provide to as many persons as possible in striving to attain its objectives. This is done, amongst other projects and initiatives, through various media campaigns, school and community visits and projects hosted by the Association.
After information dispersal and education on prevention, rehabilitation and emotional support during the treatment period remains an ongoing daily task of the Association. This is primarily achieved through the Association’s “Reach for Recovery Namibia” (RFRN) project.
Reach for Recovery is internationally a recovery programme supported by breast cancer patients who extend a helping hand and network in the fight against breast cancer. The new Namibian version supports and encourages the traditional RFR programme but expands its horizons with the Namibian arm, by allowing any Namibian who is dedicated and willing to help fight cancer and its effects in Namibia to become a volunteer “Reach for Recovery Namibia support member”.
Meanwhile for the 2015/16 Financial Year according to the Association anticipated outflow budgeted is N$10,364,410 which includes the acquisition, renovations and set-up of the new safe-home for children fighting cancer; the Northern Outreach projects, and stronger awareness campaigns in especially schools and communities in rural areas.