NAC Unveils $10 000 Cancer Awareness Sponsorship

THE Zimbabwe National Aids Council (NAC) has unveiled sponsorship to  the tune of $10 000 for the Zimbabwe Open Golf tournament for ladies which will go towards cancer awareness through sport and and recreation activities.

HealthTimes Reporter

Speaking at the ceremony marking the unveiling of the package, NAC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Tapuwa Magure said the decision to support Cancer awareness through Golf was arrived at following revelations that there is a close relationship between HIV and cancer and involvement in sporting activities could reduce the scourge of cancer. The $10,000.00 from NAC goes towards the successful hosting of the Zim Open for ladies tournament

“This is the third year of this collaboration, which we introduced to revitalise HIV and Cancer prevention which as you maybe aware are closely associated as they together constitute one of the biggest health threats to the well being of our people.

“In addition to promoting access and utilisation of HIV and cancer prevention services, we also utilise this partnership for the mobilisation of resources to develop a combination package for the said services. Although new cases of HIV are on the decline in the general population, they are on the increase among specific population groups which is exacerbated by the increase in new cancer cases, particularly among women,” said Dr Magure.

Following the close association  between cancer and HIV, the  Minister of Health and Child Care directed  NAC to integrate cancer in its work, with a particular emphasis on community awareness and education as well as procurement of equipment and drugs.

“We have fully embraced that call and have already hit the ground running in revitalising both HIV and cancer prevention. In that regard, ladies and gentlemen, the National AIDS Council has already been supporting the procurement of laboratory diagnostic reagents and anticancer drugs worth over $1 million per year for the past three years. We have also bought a Mammogram for breast cancer screening for Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo to address the challenges faced by women from the southern region.”

NAC is currently facilitating the provision of Cancer education and screening for cervical cancer at most of our music and sport galas, where combination HIV prevention is also offered.

“Our interest in sponsoring the Zimbabwe Open for ladies is not by mistake or the mere need for entertainment. You may not know this, but 35% of the over 6,000 new cancer cases per year are cervical affecting women who are in their productive years. The majority of these women, especially in rural areas suffer and die in silence due to stigma and lack of services.

“We therefore seek to break the cycle of silence and stigma associated with cervical cancer. Our intention is to reach out to as many women as possible with awareness and screening services, while also providing HIV testing. Our partnership with golf enables us to do that while also ensuring that the ladies host a successful tournament through which we can also mobilise further resources to procure mobile cancer testing equipment for rural health centres,” added Dr Magure.

Our interest in sponsoring the Zimbabwe Open for ladies is not by mistake or the mere need for entertainment. You may not know this, but 35% of the over 6,000 new cancer cases per year are cervical affecting women who are in their productive years. The majority of these women, especially in rural areas suffer and die in silence due to stigma and lack of services.

We therefore seek to break the cycle of silence and stigma associated with cervical cancer. Our intention is to reach out to as many women as possible with awareness and screening services, while also providing HIV testing. Our partnership with golf enables us to do that while also ensuring that the ladies host a successful tournament through which we can also mobilise further resources to procure mobile cancer testing equipment for rural health centres.

 

 

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