CREATING CANCER AWARENESS AT ALL LEVELS IN KENYA

by Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO)
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CREATION OF AWARENESS ON CANCER AT ALL LEVELS IN KENYA – GG4551

PROJECT UPDATE REPORT- Q3

INTRODUCTION:

The Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) is the National umbrella body of over 35 registered cancer civil society organizations, spread throughout the country, active in various aspects of cancer control in Kenya and committed to a united response against cancer.

KENCO participated in the GlobalGiving’s March 2020 accelerator campaign for our project entitled ‘Creating cancer awareness at various levels in Kenya.’ The project’s aim is to raise the levels of awareness on cancer and its management among health workers, patients, caregivers and the general public. The project will ensure that cancer education materials are consistently provided to patients and caregivers in cancer centres across the country by oncology health workers trained to effectively communicate with cancer patients. The project aims to train 60 health workers, print and distribute over 100 cancer counselling flipcharts to the health workers, print and distribute over 15,000 cancer and caregiver booklets and print and distribute over 50,000 cancer IECs for the general public.

To date, KENCO has managed to raise over $10,423 out of a target of $ 25,000. In addition, KENCO won an extra USD 2,000 (for most unique donors), USD 1,000 (on bonus day) and USD 638 in matching funds during the March accelerator bring the total amount of funds raised to date to slightly over $14,000.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Despite the disruption brought about by COVID-19 pandemic, KENCO managed to achieve the following:

Distribution of Cancer Education Booklets for Patients and Caregivers

Between November 2020 and February 2021, KENCO has managed to distribute 315 cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers to Kenyatta National Hospital for onward distribution to newly diagnosed cancer patients or their caregivers. Since March 2020 to date, KENCO has distributed over 9,000 booklets to newly diagnosed cancer patients. The booklets contain crucial information on cancer that helps cancer patients or their caregivers to understand and manage their condition better.

Creation of awareness on cancer among the health workers and general public

KENCO, with support from other partners has continuously been raising public awareness on cancer through social and mass media platforms and in some cases through physical gatherings and specifically during various cancer commemoration days/months as follows:

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week in January

January is cervical cancer awareness month. KENCO, together with other partners took this opportunity to create awareness on the disease through social media with an aim of mobilizing women to seek cervical cancer screening services and HPV vaccination for their 10-year-old girls. KENCO also participated in the physical launch of the cervical cancer week on 19th January 2021 where information on cervical cancer was passed to community members present. Approximately 5,000 people were reached information on cervical cancer through KENCO and other partners.

World Cancer Day

KENCO took lead in organizing commemoration of the 2021 World Cancer Day on 4th February 2021. The commemoration was held virtually through a webinar where about 250 people attended including the media and which provided an opportunity to create awareness on cancer. KENCO and other partners also carried out a social media campaign where various messages meant to provide factual information on cancer to the members of public were shared across various social media platforms reaching about 5,000 people. As part of the world Cancer Day commemoration, KENCO together with Kenyatta National Hospital and other partners also organized a webinar for health workers focusing on experiences in managing a cancer Centre during COVID-19 period. Over 500 health workers were reached.

International Childhood Cancers Day

KENCO commemorated the International Childhood Cancers Day at Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters and used this opportunity to create awareness on childhood cancers. As part of the commemoration a few children with cancer were freely offered access to Kenya Wildlife Service facilities namely the Nairobi Safari Walk and Nairobi Animal Orphanage as part of a collaboration between Kenya Wildlife Service and KENCO to offer therapeutic nature safaris to cancer patients to promote healing.

FUTURE PLANS

Printing of Cancer Education Booklets

With the funds raised and disbursed from GlobalGiving, KENCO plans to print about 4,000 copies of cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers.

Distribution of Materials

As soon as the booklets are received from the printers, KENCO will distribute them to partner health facilities for onward distribution to newly diagnosed cancer patients or their caregivers.

Creation of awareness on cancer through various media outlets – KENCO will continue to create awareness on cancer among the general public through the various platforms.

CONCLUSION:

Improving cancer awareness among health workers, cancer patients and their caregivers gives hope to cancer patients and inspires them to positively accept their diagnosis and adhere to treatment regimens leading to better health outcomes and survivorship. Creating cancer awareness among the general public promotes cancer prevention and routine screening which will ensure early detection and assure better treatment outcomes. This will ultimately reduce the cancer burden in the country.We are grateful to all our donors who have continued to open their wallets and donate for us despite the economic uncertainties and difficulties brought about by COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that we shall continue to raise more funds in the GlobalGiving platform to enable us achieve the objectives of our project. We thank all our donors for being part our success so far and we believe that together we shall achieve our goal.

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CREATION OF AWARENESS ON CANCER AT ALL LEVELS IN KENYA – GG4551

PROJECT UPDATE REPORT 2

INTRODUCTION:

The Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) is the National umbrella body of over 35 registered cancer civil society organizations, spread throughout the country, active in various aspects of cancer control in Kenya and committed to a united response against cancer.

KENCO participated in the GlobalGiving’s March 2020 accelerator campaign for our project entitled ‘Creating cancer awareness at various levels in Kenya.’ The project’s aim is to raise the levels of awareness on cancer and its management among health workers, patients, caregivers and the general public. The project will ensure that cancer education materials are consistently provided to patients and caregivers in cancer centres across the country by oncology health workers trained to effectively communicate with cancer patients. The project aims to train 60 health workers, print and distribute over 100 cancer counselling flipcharts to the health workers, print and distribute over 15,000 cancer and caregiver booklets and print and distribute over 50,000 cancer IECs for the general public.

To date, KENCO has managed to raise over $8900 out of a target of $ 25,000. In addition, KENCO won an extra USD 2,000 (for most unique donors), USD 1,000 (on bonus day) and USD 638 in matching funds during the March accelerator bring the total amount of funds raised to date to almost $12000.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Kenya, like several other countries is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected our cancer control work. However, we have managed to adjust and achieve the following:

Training of Oncology Heath workers on Cancer Education Materials

The training was conducted on 14th August 2020. 34 participants who were mainly oncology health workers in direct contact with cancer patients from 13 health facilities were trained in a 6-hour long session delivered virtually via the zoom platform. The main aim was to introduce the participants to cancer education materials for patients and caregivers to enable them to use and distribute these materials moving forward. Specifically, the training was intended to help participants:

  • Understand the content of the cancer education materials for patients and caregivers.
  • Be able to accurately/appropriately use the cancer education materials and respond to cancer patient and caregiver questions.
  • To learn about effective communication best practices, including counselling skills and how to apply them in interactions with cancer patients and caregivers.
  • Anticipate and address barriers that would make supportive communication with cancer patients and care givers difficult.
  • To discuss common work place challenges and how to mitigate them especially during this COVID-19 period.

The training was of absolute importance to the participants as it addressed some knowledge and skill gaps and equipped them with crucial skills that will help them in their work to the benefit of the cancer patients and care givers that they serve. These skills are especially on effective communication and breaking bad news. The participants showed a lot of excitement towards the content of the training and the cancer education materials themselves and it is the hope of the training organizers and facilitators that the knowledge and skills gained empowered the participants and this will translate to high-quality services offered to cancer patients.

The training also opened avenues for existing and upcoming cancer centres in the country that were left out in the past to start receiving and distributing CEMPC materials and thus ensuring that the materials reach to as many cancer patients as possible.  The virtual training was a success despite the few challenges noted and there is definitely room for improvement in future.

Printing of cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers

During the period and with funds raised from GlobalGiving, KENCO managed to print 3500 copies (2000 in English and 1500 in a local language) of cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers. The cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers are owned and copyrighted by the American Cancer Society and were developed in close collaboration with The Ministry of Health of Kenya, Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital, and the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) who provided technical guidance and design recommendations. The booklets are distributed to newly diagnosed cancer patients and are meant to educate cancer patients or their caregivers on the disease and its management.

Distribution of Cancer Education Booklets for Patients and Caregivers

Between July and October 2020, has managed to distribute 4,300 cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers to 21 partner health facilities for onward distribution to newly diagnosed cancer patients or their caregivers. Of these, 1550 copies were distributed to 9 health facilities that were newly trained while the rest were distributed to 12 health facilities that have been actively distributing the materials in the past, this being an ongoing project. KENCO also distributed 80 counselling flipcharts for use by health workers in counselling and passing information to cancer patients.

 Creation of awareness on cancer among the health workers and general public

KENCO, with support of other partners has continuously been raising public awareness on cancer especially during this COVID-19 pandemic through social and mass media platforms and specifically during various commemoration days as follows:

Childhood Cancers Commemoration Month

September is childhood cancer awareness month. KENCO, together with our 3 member organizations used this opportunity to create awareness on childhood cancers as well as advocate for better childhood cancers management services in the country. KENCO and partners conducted a month-long social media campaign to highlight various issues around childhood cancers. KENCO also joined our member organization, HENZO Kenya in commemorating World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Day on 22nd September. Through a virtual event, creation of awareness on CML and its management was done.

Breast Cancer Month

October is commemorated world wide as Breast cancer awareness month. Together with the Ministry of Health and other partners, KENCO has been a part of the planning processes for various activities planned in the month. The National theme for this year was. Give hope. Save lives and was meant to create awareness on breast cancer among the general public to inspire them to be alert to changes in their breasts and seek breast cancer screening services for early detection and treatment and to inspire hope among those already diagnosed with breast cancer. Specifically, KENCO supported the following activities:

Caregivers webinar

The aim of the training was to highlight various issues around being a caregiver to a cancer patient especially so highlighting how caregivers should also take care of themselves to avoid burnout and psychological/emotional drain on their part. The webinar was attended by over 50 participants and was well received. From the feedback, gotten from participants and facilitators, KENCO will be hosting a follow-up webinar.

Primary care workers webinar

The webinar was hosted in collaboration with Kenyatta National Hospital and the Ministry of Health. The aim was to sensitize primary health care workers on breast cancer in order to raise their index of suspicion to improve chances of detecting breast cancer early and avoiding misdiagnosis. Over 180 primary care workers attended.

Social and Mainstream media campaign

KENCO was at the forefront in creating awareness on breast cancer during the breast cancer awareness month. KENCO together with other partners including the Ministry of Health developed a month-long social media content for posting in various platforms. The themed messages were posted as planned and we were able to reach over 25,000 people with the messages on KENCO’s social media platforms alone. KENCO also strongly participated and facilitated various cancer survivors to participate in various mainstream media appearances to create more awareness on breast cancer.

FUTURE PLANS

Printing of Cancer Education Booklets

With the funds raised during the GlobalGiving’s Little X Little campaign in September 2020 and later disbursed in October, KENCO plans to print a few additional copies of cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers.

Distribution of Materials

Before the end of the year, KENCO plans to undertake another distribution round to replenish the stocks of partner health facilities.

Creation of awareness on cancer through various media outlets – KENCO continues to create awareness on cancer among the general public through the various platforms.

CONCLUSION:

Improving cancer awareness among health workers, cancer patients and their caregivers gives hope to cancer patients and inspires them to positively accept their diagnosis and adhere to treatment regimens leading to better health outcomes and survivorship. Creating cancer awareness among the general public promotes cancer prevention and routine screening which will ensure early detection and assure better treatment outcomes. This will ultimately reduce the cancer burden in the country. We hope that despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, we shall continue to raise more funds in order to bring our project plans to fulfillment. We also are grateful to all our donors who have continued to open their wallets and donate for us despite the pandemic. Together we shall achieve our goal.

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National Cancer Survivors' Day 2020 Celebrations
National Cancer Survivors' Day 2020 Celebrations

KENYAN NETWORK OF CANCER ORGANIZATIONS

CREATION OF AWARENESS ON CANCER AT ALL LEVELS IN KENYA – GG45511

PROJECT UPDATE REPORT

INTRODUCTION:

The Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) is the National umbrella body of over 35 registered cancer civil society organizations, spread throughout the country, active in various aspects of cancer control in Kenya and committed to a united response against cancer.

KENCO participated in the GlobalGiving’s March 2020 accelerator campaign for our project entitled ‘Creating cancer awareness at various levels in Kenya.’ The project’s aim is to raise the levels of awareness on cancer and its management among health workers, patients, caregivers and the general public. The project will ensure that cancer education materials are consistently provided to patients and caregivers in cancer centres across the country by oncology health workers trained to effectively communicate with cancer patients. The project aims to train 60 health workers, print and distribute over 100 cancer counselling flipcharts to the health workers, print and distribute over 15,000 cancer and caregiver booklets and print and distribute over 50,000 cancer IECs for the general public.

To date KENCO has managed to raise over $ 7931 from 522 donors out of a target of $ 25,000. In addition, KENCO won an extra USD 2,000 (for most unique donors), USD 1,000 (on bonus day) and USD 638 in matching funds. KENCO also earned a permanent place in the GlobalGiving Platform, earned a social media badge and will get a free email promotion from GG. Overall, during the accelerator period, KENCO was positioned 16 out of 672 organizations from over 30 countries. 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Kenya, like several other countries is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. The first case was confirmed in Kenya on 12th March 2020. The rapid nature of spread of the virus hasforced theKenyan government, to take unprecedented measures such as travel bans, closure of borders, and other measures to restrict contact between individuals such as curfews, partial lockdowns of some counties and restricted access to healthcare centres with an aim to avoid straining health systems with runaway COVID-19 infections.

GlobalGiving disbursed $ 10,281.64 to KENCO on 24th April 2020. KENCO confirmed receipt of $10,250 after deduction of bank charges. The uncertainties brought about by COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down our plans but we have managed to achieve the following:

Distribution of Cancer Education Booklets for Patients and Caregivers

This being an ongoing project, KENCO already had a number of cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers courtesy of support from American Cancer society. Between March and June, and with funds raised from GlobalGiving, KENCO has managed to distribute 4000 cancer education booklets for patients and caregivers to 16 partner health facilities that have been actively distributing the materials for onward distribution to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Creation of awareness on cancer among the general public

KENCO has continuously been raising public awareness on cancer especially during this COVID-19 pandemic through social and mass media platforms and specifically during various commemoration days as follows:

World No Tobacco Day: The Day was commemorated on 31st of May 2020. KENCO and like-minded partners carried out a social media campaign linking the use of tobacco to increased risk of cancer and vulnerability to COVID-19 mortality.

National Cancer Survivors’ Day celebrations: This Day is commemorated worldwide every first (1st) Sunday of June which was 7th of June this year. For the whole week leading to the day, KENCO sent out various social media messages to the public on Cancer and COVID-19. KENCO also organized a webinar that covered a number of topics in cancer control which included cancer control during the COVID-19 pandemic where a total of 85 participants participated. KENCO also worked with media houses and had cancer survivors attend the various media shows and share their survivorship stories to give create awareness on cancer and give hope to the public. KENCO also shared a press release on cancer survivorship with the media, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders highlighting challenges that cancer survivors have been facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for support.

Consultation with the Ministry of Health with regard to training of Health Workers on Cancer education Materials

KENCO has widely consulted with the Ministry of Health at the National Cancer Control Programme, the National Cancer Institute of Kenya and training facilitators who are based at the Kenyatta National Hospital regarding the best way to undertake the training of health workers proposed under the project amidst the restrictions brought about by COVID-19. The modalities of delivering the training (virtually), training curriculum and duration, and targeted health facilities have already been agreed on.

 IMMEDIATE FUTURE PLANS

Training of Oncology Health Workers – By mid-August 2020, KENCO plans to train 25 health workers virtually from 12 health facilities offering cancer services and which have not been trained in the past.

Printing of Cancer Education Booklets – KENCO is already in the process of printing 5,000 booklets for patients and caregivers. Once printed, the booklets will be distributed to health facilities for onward distribution to newly diagnosed cancer patients

Creation of awareness on cancer through various media outlets – KENCO continues to create awareness on cancer among policy makers, patients and caregivers and the general public through the various platforms.

 CONCLUSION:

Improving cancer education among health workers, cancer patients and their caregivers gives hope to cancer patients and inspires them to positively accept their diagnosis, adhere to treatment regimens leading to better health outcomes and survivorship. Creating cancer awareness among the general public promotes cancer prevention and routine screening which will ensure early detection and assure better treatment outcomes. This will ultimately reduce the cancer burden in the country. We hope that despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, we shall continue to raise more funds in order to bring our project plans to fulfillment. We also are grateful to all our donors who have continued to open their wallets and donate for us despite the pandemic. Together we shall achieve our goals.

 

Face masks distribution to cancer survivors, NCSD
Face masks distribution to cancer survivors, NCSD
NCSD 2020 Webinar Poster
NCSD 2020 Webinar Poster
CEO, National Cancer Institute of Kenya, NCSD 2020
CEO, National Cancer Institute of Kenya, NCSD 2020

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