The Chatinkha Maternity Care group (CHAMACA) which is based at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital has appealed to the corporate world and people of good will to assist it in raising over K100 million towards supporting a million women in rural areas with cancer screening.
The call has come as the burden of cancer is increasingly affecting women in the country and as the country is still observing the breast cancer awareness month.
Chairman for CHAMACA group Dr Frank Taulo told YONECO FM online that they have organized a cycling activity from Limbe to Mulanje district at the District Commissioners ground on 1st November to raise the funds for the cause.
Different types of cancer are affecting women in Malawi, among them cervical and breast cancer and according to Taulo 90% of women who seek medical care or cancer come from the rural areas.
“We have three events the first one is the bicycle ride and at the moment we have about 100 people that have volunteered to cycle, in Mulanje different stakeholders be providing cancer screening services, HIV testing and Sexual Reproductive Health Services,” he said.
“We are asking companies to sponsor the riders, each rider has a sponsor me form where companies are required to pay a fee of K500,000 for four riders and the registration fee is K8,000.”
Women living in the rural areas struggle to access cancer screening services due to lack of awareness, long distance to the hospitals and poverty.
Research shows that cancer is among the top 10 deadliest diseases in the world.