This month, the Global Oncology (GO) Cancer Education Materials (CEM) team posted a second language for Zimbabwean patients and clinicians in Harare, affiliated with the Cancerserve Foundation. We now offer booklets in Ndebele and Shona for this community and look forward to deepening our engagement in Zimbabwe during the course of this year.
Also underway are translations to Arabic for a pediatric unit in Baghdad as well as Hindi for the many downloaders requesting an Indian version of our tool.
Our ongoing work with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Nigeria is producing an adaptation of the CEM booklet for the local context and four translations to the country’s major languages of Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, and Pidgin English. This collaboration has led to the launch of GO’s newest education initiative: a comic book designed for low- and middle-income countries, teaching people of all ages about cervical cancer and the importance of getting the HPV vaccine. Read more about this project on GlobalGiving.
And visit our cancer patient education tool in over a dozen languages here.
Your financial and volunteer support of these works are crucial and helping to make cancer education and care more equitable on a global scale. Thank you for your kind support, and please contact us if you’d like to learn more.
Dr. Mugambe (Uganda) w/GO's patient education tool
The Global Oncology (GO) Cancer Education Materials (CEM) Program made great progress this year, and we have you to thank for this opportunity to help patients, caregivers and providers worldwide to access vital education about cancer.
GO's CEM are now in 4 of 9 cancer centers in Nigeria, and 3 of 6 cancer centers in Botswana
We produced and posted 7 new translations, reaching 3 new countries
We improved the CEM online access portal, leading to downloads from 23 countries across the globe
We launched our biannual partner engagement survey and are now learning more about how the CEM booklets are being used by patients and providers on the ground
Read what doctors, nurses and patients at two GO sites in Uganda are saying about our cancer education booklet:
“Thank you for saving our lives.”
“This book gives us hope.”
“I thought cancer cannot be treated.”
“Machines treat cancer? They told me herbs treat cancer.”
“I would have paid for it if you were selling it.”
“Myths about cancer treatment will be reduced.”
“Since the book is already loved, many people will request for more.”
“We hope that with knowledge from this book, we will reduce the risk of cancer.”
“Health-seeking behavior for cancer treatment and management will increase.”
“The ‘Cancer And You’ booklet is a breakthrough in cancer awareness raising in [our] community.”
Please consider a year-end gift to further this much needed cancer education initiative. Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
With our deepest gratitude, The GO Team
Using GO's CEM booklet w/patients in Bwindi,Uganda
Nurses at Bwindi Hospital training w/GO's CEM tool
Recently GO improved our Cancer Education Materials (CEM) download portal to make it easier for caregivers, patients, researchers, students and others around the world to access our much-needed patient education tool. In the past year, GO’s CEM have been downloaded nearly fifty times by folks in two dozen countries which is the wonderful result of increased accessibility and communication with users. In response, GO translated the booklet into Acholi/Luo and Rukiga for partners in Uganda (both posted) as well as Kiswahili (Kenya), Shona (Zimbabwe), Chichewa (Malawi) and Chinese (to be posted in coming weeks). Additionally, translations to four Nigerian languages will follow in 2019.
GO will soon release a quarterly questionnaire for implementing partners to offer feedback on the CEM which will provide GO with a better understanding of CEM usage, our target populations, and impact of the materials on patients, caregivers, and providers. It will also facilitate ongoing evaluations and inform future iterations of the CEM into new modalities and languages.
GO relies heavily on the generous support of our community both for your financial contributions as well as for translating text and adapting content. We hope that each of you chooses to continue supporting GO’s CEM whichever way you can. Please reach out to Phil@globalonc.org if you would like to learn more or get involved in this work. Thank you!
As of May 2018, GO has an official presence on the ground in Nigeria, in partnership with Stanford University and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Joining GO on this project and to support TheGOMap is Paulette Ibeka from CHAI. Welcome Paulette!
Over the next year, we will test GO's Cancer Education Materials (CEM) at three teaching hospitals plus the National Hospital in Abuja, each with its own dedicated cancer center. These facilities are located all around the country and represent patients with a diverse demographic background. Post testing, GO's CEM will be translated into the four common Nigerian languages – Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and pidgin English.
GO co-founder, Ami Bhatt, is leading our efforts in Nigeria. In February 2018, she visited three of the four Nigerian facilities along with Stanford colleagues. Ami hosted a GO call about her visit, discussing the state of cancer care in Nigeria, motivations behind our work there, and feedback from our Nigerian colleagues. Read the full transcript (attached).
As always, we thank you for making this work possible. Email Danna@globalonc.org if you have questions about the program or would like to engage in this effort.
GO's Cancer Education Materials now used in Uganda
GO’s Cancer Education Materials project is starting out strong in 2018. Two new translations for chemo and radiation therapies are now complete: Setswana (Botswana) and Luganda (Uganda). The Setswana booklet has been added to the inventory on our project page, and Luganda is soon to follow.
Our goal this year is to expand this work to ten new countries and fifteen new languages. We are well on our way with engagements also in Nigeria and the United States. In addition, GO is launching an effort to quantify usage and benefits of the materials – metrics that will fuel this project’s growth.
If you have interest in adapting the materials for your facility or you want to participate in this work, please reach out to Danna@globalonc.org. Thank you for your support!
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