Breast Cancer campaigns

In commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) and Tenth Anniversary of Beijing Declaration, MEWATA revived breast cancer awareness and screening campaign for women, such that  three areas have also been covered:


1) Dar es Salaam region in March 2005
2) Mwanza region in September 2005.
3) Mbeya region in November 2006

The programme is structured in three main phases:

1) Phase 1 – Mass Screening of women
2) Phase 2 – Special Clinics – Clinical Investigations and Diagnosis
3) Phase 3 – Treatment (Surgical and Chemotherapy/Hormonal therapy and Radiation therapy)

The programme was mainly implemented by Tanzanian women medical doctors and dental practitioners who are members of the association. Other health professionals that included nurses and male medical doctors were also incorporated in the team. Close partnership of MEWATA and a private media company ITV/Radio-One made the mass media campaign quite successful.

MEWATA Report on Breast Cancer Awareness & Screening in Tanzania 2005-2008



The cardinal messages are as listed below:

  1. Reduce frequent intake of sugared foods and drinks
  2. Brush your teeth with Fluoridated tooth paste in the morning and before going to bed at night
  3. Avoid tobacco use, both smoking and snuffing
  4. Prevent injuries by observing traffic rules, play safe games
  5. Dental check-up at least once a year especially for children is important to see how the dentition is fairing (check for new and old lesions as well as arrangement of teeth)
  6. Persistent ulcers should be reported to the clinic

IMPORTANT: To Visit a Dentist/Dental Clinic at Least Once a Year for Oral Health Check-Up


The per-conference Event
Aim of this activity was to sensitize the community on the importance of male involvement in improving reproductive and child health More Gallery