Meet The Targets
American Cancer Society went into partnership with Kenya Cancer Association with the aim to advocate for quality and wider access to non-communicable disease education and screening services and in developing a competitive evidence based strategy to inform integration of education and screening services of selected cancers and other NCDs into Human Immuno-deficiency Virus Testing and Counseling (HTC) programs in Kenya.
The project labelled ‘Meet The Target’ was funded by The American Cancer Society, and supported by multiple stakeholders. One of its main aim was to assist KenCASA in the implementation of the strategy in integrating cancer and other NCDs Education and Screening into Human Immuno-deficiency Virus Testing and Counseling Centers (HTCs) for optimum uptake of services, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health Kenya, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) were some of the institutions that were resourceful in guiding the project on matters such as ethics and streamlining to the Cancer Control Strategy of 2010 respectively.A number of institutions also came into partnership with Kenya Cancer Association during the study such as Kenyatta University, Industrial Area Prisons, Nationals Aids and STI program (NASCOP), National Aids Control Council (NACC).
‘Building Capacity to Respond Effectively’ –Strategic Direction 2016 -2018
American Cancer Society is Strengthening KenCASA in organizational development with programmes focus on five priority areas
- Institution Capacity Strengthening
- Resource Mobilization/Fundraising
- Cancer Education and Awareness Creation
- Cancer Research and Advocacy
- Cancer/Patient Support
Relay For Life
Relay For Life is the largest fund raising movement in the world that empowers a local cancer organization in a partnering country to promote community cancer awareness, advocate for change, and reduce the burden of cancer locally. The 24 hour overnight life-changing global event brings everyone from all walks of life in the community around you, for a chance to ‘Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back’, where we celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
At Relay, a unique feature is of teams of people taking turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. This is significant with the aspect of cancer never sleeps.Kenya Cancer Association, Relay For Life has been licensed and empowered by American Cancer Society to take action in health promotion which includes health education by raising public awareness on cancer risk reduction through education; advocate for cancer control management, care, policy and legal framework change; research and surveillance on monitoring trends of cancer burden, clinical and social research and patient and caregivers support.