As with most aspects in life, education remains the golden equaliser to fight cancer. In Namibia, the very high HIV-prevalence rate, in addition to poverty and lack of access to screening points for cancer, makes the fight a more challenging one! We believe that if we educate our youth effectively a better outcome can be expected. The CAN Youth Programme was established in 2017 to specifically address this challenge, and a group of young Namibians (ages 12 – 21) drive the communication strategy to educate peers on better lifestyle choices, healthier living options and how to try prevent cancer rather than fighting it later in life.
CAN receives ZERO foreign aid or money from government. All operations and administration is funded by in-house fundraising initiatives and donations. A dedicated Project Coordinator and assisting colleagues work with the CEO to plan and execute our local and national fundraising drives. Should you like to make a donation or become part of our fundraising team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory and support to the MoHSS and Office of the First Lady on cancer related topics to better the fight on cancer in Namibia is a key component of the fight on cancer in Namibia. CAN was instrumental in the development of the Tobacco Control Act of 2010, the new Namibia National Cancer Control Plan, as well as the Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Guideline for the country. Advocacy on the rights of cancer patients, access to treatment, quality healthcare and supporting patients in decision-making of treatment is an important priority to the CAN team.
Cancer is a disease that needs multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral support to be fought effectively. CAN continues to support the Dr AB May Cancer Care Centre & Paediatric Oncology Ward at Windhoek Central Hospital to the best of our abilities to ensure Namibian cancer patients can get the best possible State treatment. In addition to the hospital, the medical team also train and equips the State medical teams regionally with cancer information, support services for their patients and skills to screen and help identify cancer earlier.
We all play an important role to fight cancer better in Namibia!
Volunteer committees nationwide, in addition to the CAN Erongo Centre (opened in September 2017), impacts lives throughout Namibia.
You can contact your local volunteer team at: http://www.can.org.na/contact-us/
The Standard Bank Circle of Hope programme falls under the CAN Family Support Centre and was officially launched in 2016 as a peer-to-peer volunteer social support group for all cancers prevalent in Namibia. Officially being launched as a department in June 2017, the centre provides counselling services for the patient and family afflicted by cancer. On Tuesday one-on-one counselling is provided in the Circle of Hope rooms, while “Huddles of Hope” by means of group sessions are conducted on Thursday afternoons at our House Acacia. All patients are welcome to contact our reception at 061 237740 for more information.
TheNamibia National Cancer Registry (NNCR) is funded and administrated by CAN since 1995. Our CEO is also the National Director of the registry and with a dedicated technical team administrates the only population-based national cancer registry for Namibia. This data helps the Health Ministry and CAN measure the economic burden of cancer, assist in future planning and prevention tactics to fight cancer in Namibia. http://www.can.org.na/projects/chica-interim-home/
CHICA Interim Home is a safe haven for mothers and children while the little ones receive treatment in Windhoek – all complimentary. http://www.can.org.na/projects/chica-interim-home/
House Acacia Interim Home – our interim home for adult patients is complimentary for those receiving cancer treatment in Windhoek. http://www.can.org.na/projects/house-acacia/
CAN provides financial and/or transportation and/or commodity assistance to patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer. The programmed is governed by a board-approved policy that allows for transparency and full accountability of public funds. On average, the assistance programme supports patients in excess of N$2,5 million. Our CHICA (Children Fighting Cancer in Namibia) Fund supports childhood cancer patients financially during treatment.
Visits rural Namibia annually to present community clinics, train and certify medical staff. This programme is funded primarily the annual Cancer Ball of Namibia, with the distinct aim to raise enough funds to allow complimentary access to cancer screening to all Namibians. 140 Namibians are welcomed per day per town by the outreach team to be screened primarily for breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and to also provide guidance and referrals should other conditions be recognized. Community Clinics at our CAN Medical Centre and CAN Erongo Centre are ongoing weekly throughout the year as well.
Awareness and education to the nation on cancer (printed material, radio, tv, talks) remains crucial to break the stigma attached to cancer, educate the nation and reinforce the fight on cancer. We have regular talks on radio, television and social media drives. This while talks at schools or communities form part of our annual activities.