Less than a month into 2020, we’ve lost Anjlee Gadhvi and others who have succumbed to Cancer in Kenya, which is a growing health problem across Africa. As a result, it ranks 3rd as a cause of death in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases, which is why we are creating awareness through the “Demystifying Cancer in Kenya” event. Although we now have more cancer awareness and better diagnostic pathways, the numbers are higher than they were 5 years ago – without even considering unreported cases.

First of all, Cancer in Kenya has become a politically invisible disease and information about it is scarce and contradicting. However, available information often focuses on the negative instead of highlighting improved systems that have emerged over the past 15 years. Consequently, all Kenyans have a role to play in reducing cancer casualties and it all starts with educating everyone.

Cancer ranks 3rd as a cause of death in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. #DemystifyingCancerinKenya Click To Tweet

Demystifying Cancer in Kenya

Demystifying Cancer in Kenya Fatuma's Voice  Event Poster
Demystifying Cancer in Kenya Fatuma’s Voice – Event Poster

For the reason that is to create more awareness, the event, Demystifying Cancer in Kenya will be a partnership forum by HCGCCK, Kenco and Fatuma’s Voice, that will be geared to creating awareness and educating the participants about everyone’s role reducing cancer casualties.

We will bring together different stakeholders in a discussion on the challenges and solutions to the cancer menace in Kenya. DemystifyingCancerinKenya Click To Tweet

Event Description:

We will bring together different stakeholders in a discussion on the challenges and solutions to the cancer menace in Kenya. We will use art, digital and social media as tools to share a message of hope and disseminate updated and truthful information to the public. As we prepare for world cancer day, Journalists, Bloggers and Researchers will have a gathering where they can access updated information related to cancer and connect with organizations that provide treatment and individuals running advocacy programs.

Journalists, Bloggers and Researchers will have access updated information related to cancer and connect with organizations that provide treatment and individuals running advocacy programs. DemystifyingCancerinKenya Click To Tweet

This will also be the first-time key institutions and individuals that have a say in cancer treatment will discuss their work on one stage. The panel will consist of 6 stakeholders; A Medical Researcher, An Oncologist, A rep from a Cancer treatment facility, A journalist, A Cancer Warrior, and A rep from an Advocacy Organization. We will also highlight youth using art, poetry and music as a tool to educate the masses and create awareness cancer. Maybe with more awareness, we can prevent more infections and create healthcare access because most people succumb due to lack on information and late or wrong diagnosis.

The panel will consist of 6 stakeholders; A Medical Researcher, An Oncologist, A rep from a Cancer treatment facility, A journalist, A Cancer Warrior, and A rep from an Advocacy Organization. DemystifyingCancerinKenya Click To Tweet
Hope Poet - Demystifying Cancer
Hope Poet – Demystifying Cancer

Main Objectives:

  • Conduct a research on cancer awareness literacy in Kenya.
  • Demystify myths about cancer and create awareness about treatment facilities.
  • Disseminate true and updated information about cancer.
  • Have an open conversation about cancer in Kenya and include the participants.
  • Involve a wider online audience by live tweeting and streaming the event.

Main Activities:

  • Panel discussion consisting of different stakeholders.
  • Presentation of facts pertaining cancer to both the physical and online audience.
  • Research on cancer literacy in Kenya and collection of data.
  • Performances of Poetry and Music as tools for cancer advocacy and awareness.
  • Post-event analysis on increased cancer literacy and awareness.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Updated data on cancer awareness literacy in Kenya that will be availed the public.
  • An educated audience of 100 people who are interested in cancer awareness.
  • Give fliers to participants and share posters with the latest information on cancer.
  • Create audiovisual recordings of the discussions as well as quotes from speakers.
  • Collect analytics, sentiments and demography of online participants.
Greatness Poet - Demystifying Cancer
Greatness Poet – Demystifying Cancer

Implementing Partners Profile:

HCGCCK (Healthcare Global – Cancer Centre Kenya):

HCGCCK cancer centre is the first comprehensive cancer treatment facility in East-Africa.

Even more, the facility is equipped with the latest machine to not only treat cancer patients but have a quality treatment that enables the patient to have less side effects and thus add more life to their years, HCGCCK offers one stop for chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery in medical terminologies (medical oncology, surgical oncology and radio oncology).

KENCO: Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations

(KENCO) is the umbrella body of cancer NGOs, patient’s groups and community-based cancer organizations active in cancer awareness, education, screening, prevention and patient support in Kenya.

Similarly, Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations undertakes the following: Educating the public about the causes, consequences, prevention and control of cancer.

Also, KENCO links patients to access information on cancer and patient care. Empowering members with knowledge and skills in cancer control.

Fatuma’s Voice:

Fatuma’s Voice Forum is on a Mission to Question Status Quo by using Debate, Open Dialogue, and other Creative Tools to encourage expression and seek answers as well as solutions to social issues.

Fatuma’s Voice drives for community-based social change by encouraging creative expression and sparking conversations about social issues.

We picture an inclusive and politically conscious Africa, with a voice that will dismantle false narratives and involve every community member in the process of social change.

Partnership Opportunities:

Details on partnership opportunities are available upon request. We plan to continue this conversation and would like to get interested people and organisations on board. Kindly contact us now for more details on this and our next event.

Demystifying Cancer in Kenya Fatuma's Voice Event Poster
Demystifying Cancer in Kenya Fatuma’s Voice Event Poster