Since the launch of Phakamisa in 2011, more than 600 healthcre professionals have been provided with courses and 400 people have been trained as Navigators. Continued education for the Navigtor has also covered socially relevant issues such as cervical cancer, HIV, gender-based violence and child abuse.
Phakamisa is derived from a zulu word which means uplifment.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer and greatest cause of cancer death among women in South Africa. Poor education and lack of awareness of breast health issues, cultural barriers and no access to healthcare facilities have hindered efforts by the government to combat the disease among low-income communities.CONTINUE READING
Prostate cancer affects one in six men in South Africa. Although it is not as widely addressed as breast cancer, the mortality of prostate cancer is much higher than that of breast cancer. With this reality facing South African communities, Phakamisa embarked on another challenged during 2016 and started to implement the aspects of the breast cancer model so that prostate cancer patients can also be supported when diagnosed.
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