Recently the National Cancer Institute (NCI) releases a report indicating the prevalence rate of cancer in 11 counties in Kenya. These were Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Meru, Kiambu, Kakamega, Nakuru, Nyeri, Embu, and Bomet. Out of the various cancers researched on breast cancer statistics in Kenya rank as the most prevalent type among women across the entire country. It is with this in mind that we have taken measures to help in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the tea community by providing access to primary health care through adaptation of innovative health interventions like medical camps and outreach programmes such as behaviour change communication to the tea community.
Over the last few years, the Foundation and its various partners through its Health pillar has conducted over 30 medical camps in the tea growing areas which has seen over 4,477 women screened for Breast cancer. Out of these, over 30 women were provided with referral services for all stages of Breast Cancer. The women are also taught how to conduct self-breast examinations at home to assist in early detection and also the preventative measures they should take.
The Foundation will continue partnering with like-minded partners to increase the outreach to our tea farming community to prevent and educate the community on Cancer and other Non-Communicable Diseases.