Publish Date : Nov 10, 2018

A DIFFERENT KIND OF CANCER AWARENESS

Kenya Cancer Association Does Cancer Education & Awareness At Naivasha on 27th October 2018

When it comes to public awareness campaigns, many focus on visual and auditory based media such as posters, television and radio to get their message across. For those with hearing and sight impairment, this can mean that they can miss opportunities to access important healthcare information.

There are a large number of people in Kenya who have sight and hearing impairment and are therefore described as ‘deafblind’.  Deafblindness can create difficulties with accessing information, communication and mobility – all of which can impact on how someone accesses a healthcare service. For the disabled persons using wheelchair and crutches, there is difficulty in not only on how someone gets to a healthcare service, but also how they find their way around the building on arrival. Other aspects such as checking in for an appointment and waiting to be called can also be challenging.

Kenya Cancer Association was at the Naivasha county hospital on 27th October 2018 doing Cancer education and awareness-but in a different kind of way. Why different? Well, we decided to include minority groups of people that are rarely reached. On this event, the deaf, the dumb and the disabled were also invited.

A number of sign language interpreters were availed at the event to relay the speeches to the deaf and dumb. There were also assistants available for the disabled persons using wheelchairs. Ordinarily, these groups of people do not get the much needed education about cancer because of various barriers such as sign interpretation. The elderly were also present at the event.

During the cancer awareness event, health care services were offered such as breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, blood pressure tests, blood sugar tests, BMI and medical consultations. Many people attended the event and were glad that cancer awareness is being done at the rural level as well. KENCANSA  is looking forward to many such events, where we can reach out and educate on cancer. 


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