Breast Cancer treatment for 200 RSA farm workers

by Hoedspruit Training Trust


The area surrounding Kruger National Park (Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces) in South Africa is home to a large number of seasonal workers and migrants from other parts of Southern Africa. They are particularly impoverished and lack access to medical care. Hlokomela is an established non-profit clinic committed to serving farm workers and their families. Our goal is to provide a cost-effective and sustainable way to screen for and treat breast cancer, preventing hundreds of deaths each year.
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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. The majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The average 5-year survival rate for breast cancer in South Africa is 53%, compared to 89% in the United States. Limited knowledge around breast cancer, long travel times, and unaffordable or unavailable tools for detection and treatment mean that women in this part of South Africa are often not diagnosed with breast cancer until it is too late to treat.


Our breast cancer prevention programme will include training for local health workers in the use of ultrasound for breast cancer screening as well as on-site treatment for early-stage cancers using cryoablation therapy. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and our programme will also seek to prevent late-stage breast cancer by using our Nompilos (peer educators) to teach the community about cancer symptoms and how to conduct a potentially life-saving breast self-exam.

Long-Term Impact

Over 3000 women die in South Africa every year due to breast cancer. The number of deaths is likely to be much higher than reported statistics since many cases, particularly in rural areas, go undiagnosed. However, breast cancer-when detected early-does not have to be a death sentence. Our goal is to ensure that ALL women in the greater Kruger Park region have access to affordable breast cancer screening and treatment.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Hlokomela Project (Hoedspruit training Trust)
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Organization Information

Hoedspruit Training Trust

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Christine du Preez
Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa
$12,372 raised of $20,000 goal
92 donations
$7,628 to go
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