Friday, October 16, 2015

#BreastCancerAwareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, where breast cancer charities put all their efforts in raising awareness of breast cancer and encouraging people to donate and fundraise in order to fund research for a cure and treatment for sufferers. 

Ripples Foundation is right behind this campaign, as we know how devastating cancer is for the patient, their friends and their family, and any drive to raise awareness of what we can do to help stop that pain is applauded. 

Cancer has become a dreaded word in today’s society, the word that you never want to hear. Everyone seems to know someone who has had the disease, whether it be family, friends or acquaintances, and the C-word strikes fear into anyone who hears it. Here at Ripples Foundation, we have lost volunteers and women working on our empowerment projects to cancer, and it is so frustrating to see lives go to waste in this way. Dr Anne Fabiyi (pictured below), a founding trustee of Ripples Nigeria sadly lost her life to cancer recently, and everyone here is so frustrated by such a needless loss of life. 

Obviously a cure needs to be found to stop thousands upon thousands of people dying every year, but just imagine having the disease and not having access to the excellent medical care we have in this country and other developed nations around the world to treat it. 

Sadly, this is the reality for women living in rural African villages, where the nearest hospital is often miles away and inaccessible for villagers. Ripples Foundation holds Medical MOTs for rural villages in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon, so that when villagers cannot get to a hospital, we bring the hospital to the village! Our teams of volunteer doctors and nurses give up their time to help us give men, women and children the opportunity to receive a free consultation.

This programme offers potentially lifesaving treatment to villagers, and can diagnose life threatening illnesses such as cancer and offers people treatment. 

Here in the UK or any other developed country, if we get diagnosed with cancer it is still very frightening, but we still have access to either free healthcare on the NHS or excellent facilities that we can use to have every chance of beating off illness. African village women do not even have that luxury. 

We rely on donations from people like you to keep delivering this medical outreach programme to the people of West Africa. Every donation we receive can be invested in sourcing medical equipment and supplies that could save the life of a villager. Can you help us? Donate to the Medical MOT programme today using Total Giving.

So #ThinkPink this month, but also think how you can help spread this message of caring and health to the village women of rural Africa. You can help us make change happen for Africa.
Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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