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Peer-to-peer support programme to help cancer patients, families with psychological care

Peer-to-peer support programme to help cancer patients, families with psychological care

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) has invited those faced with cancer to join their Standard Bank Circle of Hope Programme, which is a peer-to-peer support programme, aimed at providing psychological care and building a network of hope.

The Association said since cancer is not only a physical disease and also affects the psyche and spirit of the patient and family dealing with this dreaded disease, the programme is an ideal platform.

The Association said through the programme there will be complimentary sessions for cancer patients and their families from Thursdays at 14:30 at House Acacia Interim Home, while all patients in house or external will have Tuesday sessions between 09:00 and 14:00 on appointment.

“In situations where sessions are not available, or patients are in other areas of the country, a social worker or psychologist may be appointed by Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of CAN to assist the patient,” the Association added.

According to the Association four dedicated Circle of Hope training sessions focused on the general public on how to become a volunteer cancer support member, are again planed for 2019 in Windhoek, 1 in Swakopmund, 1 in the South and 1 in the North, venues to be confirmed, which will be presented during the 3rd quarter of 2019.

The Standard Bank Circle of Hope Programme aims to enhance the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of people affected by cancer, generated new knowledge about the psychosocial effects of cancer and share knowledge and expertise with others, assume leadership for the coordination and equitable access to oncological psychosocial resources in Namibia and provide a stimulating and supportive environment for staff, colleagues and associates.


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