08 Nov BREAST CARE INTERNATIONAL
BREAST CARE INTERNATIONAL (Ghana)
Breast Care International (BCI) is a Kumasi based non-governmental organization (NGO) with the vision to be a leading breast healthcare organization in Africa, providing enabling environment to control the incidence of breast Cancer in women. BCI has over the past fourteen years been conducting outreach programs for women, especially those in deprived communities of Ghana: educating, and screening the public for breast cancer – a killer disease that has a matchless attitude to destroy the lives of women in their prime.
To bring hope, health, and empowerment to communities in Ghana through the provision and dissemination of quality breast health education, screening, counselling, advocacy, research, treatment, and support to intensify breast cancer awareness and improve the quality of life of women at risk with breast cancer.
To maximise personal and community wellness through community participation, excellence in public health education and practise, and empowering people to save lives and end late stage Breast Cancer presentation in Ghana.
Our goal is to reduce the number of women who present with late stage disease with diagnosis through community outreach and education.
BCI RESEARCH PROGRAM
BCI is involved in several research activities including:
Small-area analysis on the effect of sociocultural factors on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAPs) toward early detection of Breast Cancer on Women who have received Breast Cancer Education in Ghana
Evaluation of the Impact of a Breast Cancer awareness program in Rural Ghana: A cross-sectional survey
In a recently published research by the International Journal of Cancer on evaluating the impact of a breast cancer awareness program in Ghana, which indicated that progress has been made in recent years in improving the knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards breast cancer among women who have been exposed to BCI programs, BCI continues to explore ways to enhance its service delivery to improve health outcomes of breast cancer and increase timely and access to quality healthcare services in Ghana.
PRESIDENTS MESSAGE, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai
You are most welcome to the site of Breast Care International, Ghana (BCI) located in the premise of Peace & Love Hospital, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and Spintex Road in Accra of Ghana, West Africa (see below). In consonance with our time-tested cultural heritage of hospitality, I say ‘AKWAABA’, meaning “Welcome”, to our site. It is our hope that your visit will help you get an insight into our operations and also give you a reason to join us creating the awareness of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women accounting for over 100 times more in women than in men worldwide. It is also the principal cause of death from cancer among women but lately, it has been known to affect men and children as well. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one woman dies from the disease every 69 seconds somewhere around the world resulting in more than 500,000 women death from breast cancer globally in 2012. Breast cancer disease burden in Ghana has risen to the tenth highest in Africa, which means that nearly 5 million of its 24 million people are reported to be at high risk for developing the disease.
BCI’s vision is to promote early detection of breast cancer in local communities, BCI will continue to partner with like-minded organizations to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to individuals and organizations so that together we can make a difference in people’s lives.
More about, PEACE, LOVE HOSPITAL SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION
WHAT WE DO
Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of women who present with late stage disease at diagnoses through community outreach and education we work in the following thematic areas.
Inaugurated about four years ago with a membership of over 500 coming from different parts of Ghana, the Peace and Love Hospital Survivors Association (PALSA) is committed to bring together those who have survived breast cancer to serve as role models to other newly diagnosed patients. PALSA is also resolved to educate the public about breast cancer not only on early detection, but early treatment as well as demystifying the myths about the disease in the country.
MISSION: Improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors.
VISION: Seeking to bring together those who have survived breast cancer to serve as role models to other newly diagnosed patients throughout their cancer journey.
Create a network of survivors to support peer and nurse navigation,
Encourage and motivate newly diagnosed patients to continue with the treatment,
Address the needs of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients while undergoing treatment,
Provide access to resources to members to meet emotional, physical and spiritual needs of survivors,
Be part of the movement towards early detection and treatment of breast cancer,
Currently, PALSA is collaborating with community nurses in the peer-nurse navigation program with the aim of Helping Others through Personal Experience (HOPE) in order to support the newly diagnosed patients through their treatment journey to avoid defaulting in their treatment after they have been diagnosed.
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