KENCASA Partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital Aims to Reduce Cancer Burden in Kenya
Nairobi, KE – The Kenya Cancer Association on Wednesday July 20, 2016 launched a Patients Feeding Program for cancer out-patients receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Cancer Center Oncology Ward GFC. The feeding program which targets more than 500 patients every month was launched by KENCASA’s Board chairperson Mrs. Ann Korir.
Speaking at the event Mrs. Korir emphasized on the need to have government support and other stakeholders coming on board in the fight against cancer. “Cancer is a major problem in our country, as KENCASA we are committed to supporting this program. Cancer is affecting all age groups now, we need a consolidated effort. We need to work together with many stakeholders if we are going to overcome the problem of Cancer. We need everyone to partner and commit resources from government and even the private sector. I thank Kenyatta National Hospital for this great partnership. Cancer is not just about the cost of treatment, it is everything right from the social issues for example a woman admitted in hospital due to cervical cancer, it affects her family and many other aspects of her life” Said Mrs. Korir in an address to members of the press and public who were in attendance.
The initiative comes after KENCASA realized the suffering of most cancer patients. The patients would wait in long queues and many times skip meals as they await treatment with the fear of having another patient go ahead of them. The Patient Feeding Program will provide hot lunch meals to chemotherapy out-patients receiving treatment at the cancer center and is in partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital at an estimated budget of more than 1 Million per year reaching over 500 patients each month.
KENCASA is majorly known for carrying out Relay for Life event in October which is a bigger platform to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. This year’s event will be held on October 15th to 16th 2016