There exists, therefore, a serious need to provide education and training to women in their community so that they can effectively promote the need for screening by trained medical professionals.
By responding to the low awareness rate of breast cancer among Ghanaians, Breast Care International (BCI) proposed to train women as community breast health promoters for breast cancer. To ensure that appropriate participants were targeted for this program, voluntary women were from Presbyterian Pastor’s Wives Association of Ghana, which has presbyteries across the country.
Three consecutive workshops were conducted in Kumasi, Accra, and Koforidua to ensure that all the presbyteries were covered. The purpose was to train women to acquire basic breast health knowledge in order to act as voluntary promoters who will engage their local communities by encouraging appropriate-aged women to seek breast cancer screening by trained health care professionals.
The program was supported by Inter-commercial Impex Ltd, the company behind Forever Easy and Yofi sanitary products and Roche Pharmaceuticals.
FIRST COMMUNITY BREAST HEALTH PROMOTERS WORKSHOP : Friday May 16, 2014 @ Peace and Love Hospital, Kumasi
Extending its vision of promoting early detection of breast cancerin local communities, Breast Care International (BCI) in collaboration with Peace and Love Hospital organized a workshop to train volunteers as community breast health promoters on Friday May 16, 2014 at Peace and Love Hospital, Kumasi. Nearly 70 participants attended the workshop are selected from the Presbyterian Ministers’ Wives Association (PMWA) within the Upper, Northern, West Bono, Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti, Sekyere, Asante Akyem, Kwahu, and Sehwi Presbyteries. This was the first of its kind in the country.