This year, the 4th Annual PCAU Dinner will be held on 6th December, 2019 at Pope Paul VI Memorial Hotel in Kampala under the theme: “Supporting Kitovu Mobile to enhance community outreach for cancer screening and palliative care services in greater Masaka Region.” The proceeds of the Gala Dinner will go towards purchase of a Mobile Clinic van for Kitovu Mobile.
Since 2014, over 1,732 cancer related patients have been referred to Kitovu Mobile for palliative Care of which 685 died within the year of referral. This is an annual average of 40% death rate for patients referred to Kitovu Mobile. This is unacceptable because while cancer is a long-term and complex disease, it can be prevented and controlled if detected early.
Despite current efforts of different stakeholders, early cancer detection is still a very big challenge with studies in Greater Masaka indicating that, for instance, only 7% of the sampled women have ever screened for cervical cancer; the leading cancer in the region and Uganda at large.
Based on current experience and studies, the most effective efforts against the cancer burden are those that focus on health education to increase risk perception of not undertaking early cancer screening and improvement of attitudes towards screening while addressing the fears held by ordinary people. This is where Kitovu Mobile’s invaluable experience of mobile awareness and screening campaigning on HIV since mid-80s urgently needs to be replicated.
Kitovu Mobile now seeks to raise funds to purchase a mobile outreach truck to accelerate cancer awareness and screening to improve on early cancer detection and reduce preventable cancer related deaths in the 9 Districts of greater Masaka.
The total cost of the Mobile Clinic Van is UGx. 210m