WOCACA for fight against cancer – Capital Radio Malawi
23 May, 2024

Women’s Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA) in Malawi is pushing for collaboration in closing the care gap in the fight against cancer.

This comes as today Malawi joins the world in commemorating World Cancer Day where countries reflect on the widespread impact of cancer on individuals, families, and communities worldwide.  

It also looks at concerted efforts being made by the governments, as well as non-governmental organizations and advocates in addressing the burden of cancer.

WOCACA executive director Maud Mwakasungula explains that this involves ensuring that all people have access to the full range of quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

Mwakasungula highlights that the need to expand healthcare infrastructure, improving diagnostic capabilities, and enhancing the availability of cancer treatments. Collaborative efforts between the government, NGOs, media communities and international partners are essential in achieving this goal.

“Cancer has emerged as a global public health challenge, affecting people from all walks of life. It knows no boundaries and its impact is felt across continents and cultures. Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, accounting for millions of lives lost annually,” explains Mwakasungula.

She further elaborates that the burden of cancer extends far beyond mortality, as it also brings about significant economic, social, and emotional challenges.

“Malawi, like many other low-income countries, faces an increasing burden of cancer cases. The most common types of cancer in Malawi include cervical, breast, and Kaposi’s sarcoma, often associated with HIV/AIDS. The impact of these cancers on individuals and communities is profound, as they often lead to late-stage diagnoses and limited treatment options,” she adds.

Mwakasungula further points out that WOCACA is dedicated to raising awareness, providing support to cancer patients, and advocating for improved cancer care services.

This has been instrumental in bridging the gaps in cancer care and ensuring that individuals affected by cancer receive the necessary assistance.

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