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Breast Cancer Campaign in Kilimanjaro-Report

We were able to screen 1036 women and no woman who came for the campaign was left, the team arrived at the station around 5:30am and found women already waiting for the services. At around 8:20am the official opening was done by the Regional commissioner for Kilimanjaro Mr.Gama together with other official of the region and Hospital as well.

A total number of 134 clients were referred to be reviewed by the surgeon of whom 123 reached to the surgeon and 107 were found to have different breasts problems as seen in the table below:

Table 1:

SN

PROBLEM

Frequency

1

Fibroadenoma

54

2

Ductal Papilloma

12

3

Obvious Ca Breast 7

Suscipitious Ca breast 5

12

4

Lipoma

8

5

Mastitis

6

6

Others

15

7

Total

107

 

 

 

 

MARANGU STATION

We were able to screen 257 women, no woman left unscreened. The team arrived at around 7:00 am

A total number of 20 clients were referred to be reviewed by the surgeon of whom all were found to have various breasts problem as seen in the table below:

Table 2:

SN

PROBLEM

FREQUENCY

1

Fibroadenoma

7

2

Ductal Papilloma

5

3

Obvious Ca Breast 1

Suspect Ca Breast 2             

3

4

Lipoma

2

5

Others

3

6

Total

20

 

CHALLENGES

  1. Screening done for one day instead of two days due to financial constraints
  2. Women with problems seem to dislike the government referral and were so sure that MEWATA will help them
  3. Others were crying Phase II & III Big Challenge for MEWATA

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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:

MEWATA

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

 

MY LIFE, MY HEALTH

 Healthy diet according to WHO to reduce the risk of cancer and other non communicable diseases

  • A healthy diet helps protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as non communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
  • Unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are leading global risks to health.
  • Healthy dietary practices start early in life breastfeeding fosters healthy growth and improves cognitive development, and may have longer-term health benefits, like reducing the risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing NCDs later in life.
  • Energy intake (calories) should be in balance with energy expenditure. Evidence indicates that total fat should not exceed 30% of total energy intake to avoid unhealthy weight gain, with a shift in fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats, and towards the elimination of industrial trans fats.
  • Limiting intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake is part of a healthy diet. A further reduction to less than 5% of total energy intake is suggested for additional health benefits.
  • Keeping salt intake to less than 5 g per day helps prevent hypertension and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke in the adult population.
  • WHO Member States have agreed to reduce the global population’s intake of salt by 30% and halt the rise in diabetes and obesity in adults and adolescents as well as in childhood overweight by 202.

PHOTO GALLERY

Pics of MEWATA AGM 2016
MEWATA scientific conference and Annual General Meeting was conducted on 18th November 2016 in Mwanza region. Members from different regions and zones participated this important meeting. This year AGM will be conducted in Dar es Salaam MORE GALLERY