Dar es Salaam. A cancer walk has been organised to take place next Saturday, October 21, 2023, with the aim of drawing attention to the cancer care gap.
The walk is part of the commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place globally in October.
Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Friday, October 13, 2023, the Ambassador of Sweden in Tanzania, Charlotta Ozaki Macias, said the walk aims at raising awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and self-testing.
“At the event, participants will also be able to learn about the latest technology in cancer treatment in Tanzania, which was procured from a Swedish company, Elekta, by the Aga Khan Hospital,” said the ambassador.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), breast cancer is the most common cancer that affects women, with 2.1 million new cases per year globally.
The founder and chief executive officer of the Shujaa Cancer Foundation, Gloria Kida, called upon the media to have special programmes and sections in the newspapers that aim at raising awareness about breast cancer.
She said that the government, through its hospitals and private hospitals, is doing a lot of interventions in terms of championing breast cancer early detection to avoid the cost burden that the government carries in cancer care.
“Media has a very big role to play in raising awareness about breast cancer. The media did a great job raising awareness through HIV campaigns. Let the media prioritise reports on breast cancer as well to help us spread more news,” said Kida.
She said awareness is also a way to show solidarity with and support for cancer patients and survivors, as well as increase awareness of breast cancer among men and boys since breast cancer affects the whole family.
The walk is organised by the Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with the Shujaa Cancer Foundation, the Ministry of Health, the Swedish radiation therapy company Elekta, and the World Health Organisation (WHO).