On the 25th April 2010, the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation (TBCF) organised a charity walk to raise awareness of breast cancer in Tanzania. WTW joined hands to contribute, with four of our students participating in the event.
It is estimated that 2,500 women with breast cancer register as patients in hospitals around the country each year. If discovered well in early stages breast cancer can be managed and women can live longer and happily. Unfortunately MEWATA ((medical women association of Tanzania) published research in 2009 showed that there were nearly 2500 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed, most of which had a late diagnosis so were relatively advanced.
The TBCF is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation set up by women who have had, or are battling breast cancer. The organisation provides information about breast cancer, advice on treatment options, and offers a network of fellow breast cancer patients. Their goal is to create a future where no-one in Tanzania has to deal with breast cancer alone, to campaign for better support and facilities for sufferers, to dispel any myths or stigma associated with the disease and encourage women to get treatment, and perhaps their biggest goal - to raise awareness of breast cancer in Tanzania.
The planned walk through Dar es Salaam took about 2 hours and to show that we care and support the walk, 4 of our students were keen to get involved. Oluwatoyin, Charlotte, Catherine and Radia walked with other Tanzanian men and women all the way from the start to the finishing line. WTW also contributed towards the campaign funding, donating a total of 235,000 TSh (200,000 from WTW and 35,000 from the students).
Majenda walked with the girls (the official photographer!) and told us "it was a really interesting day and good for the students to see a different side of healthcare in Tanzania. I think cancer is treated better in the UK - here many people wait too long to get treated. Many of the women who were with us had breast cancer and the students could talk to them and help make other women aware of cancer. There was also a local minister, which added more importance to the event."