Breast Care International Trains Second Batch Of Community Breast Health Promoters

A workshop for training the second batch of 50 members of the Presbyterian Ministers’ Wives Association (PMWA) as community Breast Health Promoters (CBHP) has been held at the head office of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Accra.

A collaborative effort of Breast Care International (BCI), Ghana’s foremost non-governmental organization in the fight against breast cancer, its sister health facility, Peace and Love Hospitals Limited, PMWA and Inter-commercial Impex Limited, manufacturers of sanitary products, the workshop drew the participants from the Ga, Volta, Western and Central Presbyteries.

The first of a series of CBHP workshops tailored at training the ministers wives to acquire basic breast health knowledge to enable them to serve as voluntary promoters who would engage their local congregation and communities by encouraging women to seek breast screening by trained health care professionals was held in Kumasi in May for 69 participants from mainly the northern sector.

Topics discussed included epidemiology and risk factors of breast cancer, basic anatomy and physiology of the breast, pathology of breast cancer, principles and practice of breast cancer awareness creation and how to refer women with breast problems to the appropriate health institutions.

The participantswould, upon the completion of the training, be expected to discuss breast health issues with members of their congregations and communities, organize breast health education and clinical breast examination programmes in conjunction with BCI and PLH with the goal of improving community awareness of breast health screening and educational resources.

In her speech, Mrs. Rachael ApohPoku, Deputy minister for Women, Gender & Social Protection was happy that since mortality from breast cancer is high in the country the result of women wasting too much time visiting other places instead of seeking help from the hospitals, the workshop will help to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease and promote early presentation to for medical care

“ This workshop”, she said, “has therefore become a powerful example of the essential life-saving activity that simply could not easily happen without active collaboration among the various institutions towards bringing hope, health, and empowerment to communities by intensifying breast health awareness and improving the quality of life of women at risk with breast cancer”.

For her part, Dr. (Mrs) Beatrice WiafeAddai, President of BCI was emphatic that since BCI’s vision is to promote early detection of breast cancer and prompt action in local communities, her organization will continue to team up with other organizations to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals and organizations ”so that together we can make a difference in people’s lives”.

Dr. WiafeAddai who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of PLH acknowledged the support of the media,Inter-commercial Impex Limited and other resource persons including Professor Seth Wiafe, a Ghanaian lecturer based in the United States of America.

Mrs. RosekelOmenyo, President of PMWA stressed the need for every woman to receive appropriate information and knowledge on breast health issues in order to take prompt action towards early cancer detection and treatment.

She explained that,” it is for this reason that the PMWA has taken the lead in making sure that all the Presbyteries are trained so that the participants can help their communities to achieve optimum health” and hinted that the third workshop in Koforidua will come off soon.

In her contribution, Nicola Manning, CEO of Inter-Commercial Impex Limited (ICIL), the company behind Forever Easy and Yofi feminine pads, who has been the major sponsor for most of BCI’s activities said: “Once again, we are delighted to be supporting and sponsoring BCI’s valuable work in educating and thereby empowering women in female health issues”.

“Every wife, sister, mother and aunt deserves our love and care and it is only by reaching out to communities in this way to enhance and improve awareness of breast care, that we can truly make a difference to our society”, she declared.









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