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Cancer patients aided during COVID-19 – 121 newly diagnosed cancer patients assisted during August

Cancer patients aided during COVID-19 – 121 newly diagnosed cancer patients assisted during August

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) managed to support more than 121 newly diagnosed cancer patients for the month of August. The association also helped vulnerable patients with pay-out money during the first 25 days of the month.

Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of the Association said the effects of COVID-19 are now more tangible than could have been anticipated. “Namibians are struggling financially and cancer patients are effected severely, therefore we have now completed the additional applications for Patient Financial Assistance Programme to lend a helping hand to severely affected cancer patients who are truly in need,” he explained.

He said they reviewed the patient files and they saw the immense havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the Patient Financial Assistance Programme of CAN expended a further N$100,000, in addition to accommodation support for cancer patients at the House Acacia Interim Home.

“This comes in a year when all mainstream fundraising of the organisation has been halted due to the State of Emergency regulations and applications for assistance indicated loss of income as informal traders and self employed due to COVID-19 conditions,” he added.

Hansen also informed that assistance was extended towards funeral arrangement for 3 childhood cancer patients when the families could not afford to lay their children to rest.

“If you have ever wondered, where does my money go? When donating to CAN, last month especially, as COVID019 is plundering the pockets, job and income of Namibians, we feel the brunt of this disease affected the fight on cancer even more,” he emphasised.

“We thank all donors, supporters and projects partners who stand with us to impact lives,” he concluded.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.