By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
Medicaid Cancer Foundation has revealed that it will receive 25,000 dollars funding grant as part of an international programme to help reduce the breast cancer burden.
It added that 10 other organisations from around the world have been selected for the same purpose.
The foundation in a statement issued yesterday by its founder, the Wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Atiku- Bagudu said the funding is through the Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community: Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge (SPARC MBC Challenge).
It said aside funding, the foundation will also receive training, mentoring and the opportunity to attend key international cancer events to exchange best practices with other organisations from around the world.
Launched in 2015 by the Union for International Control (UICC) in partnership with Pfizer Oncology, the SPARC MBC Challenge is a global grants initiative which supports projects worldwide aimed at addressing metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients’ specific needs to, ultimately, reduce the number of women diagnosed at an advanced stage of breast cancer locally.
She said through its three editions, the SPARC MBC Challenge has directly benefitted more than 14’0001 MBC patients globally and has reached more than 140’0002 people through information campaigns.
“At UICC, we are very proud to have supported the work of more than 50 organisations from five continents to improve the life of people living with MBC in their communities. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries, breast cancer presents too often at a late stage whilst we know that early detection is instrumental to ensure the best possible outcomes.
“Through this new round of the SPARC MBC Challenge programme, more people will be aware of the disease, encouraged to seek help earlier, and hopefully feel more supported than ever”, said the President of UICC, HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan.
The statement added that in Nigeria, 11,564 people died from breast cancer in 2018. “The main challenges for MBC patients in the country are limited access to quality cancer healthcare services, lack of financial support and weak support structures. Medicaid Cancer Foundation will use its SPARC MBC Challenge award to help women diagnosed with MBC remain in control of their lives, ensuring they have access to all the information they need to make informed choices about their health and facilitate their engagement with a strong support network.
“We are deeply honoured to be one of the eleven cancer organisations across the world selected in 2019 to benefit from this programme and join the international SPARC network of more than 50 organisations.”