Thanks to the Akbaraly Foundation, who created the 4aWoman project to fight against gynaecological and breast cancer, the women of the Haute Matsiatra Region have had the chance to benefit from a free Pap smear and mammogram in October, to celebrate the “Pink October” cancer awareness month.
In our Rex Center in Fianarantsoa, those activities were carried out thanks to the support and the efforts of our partners, especially the NGO La Vita Per Te, with its attentive and professional team always at the disposal of the Haute Matsiatra women, as well as the Malagasy Red Cross volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to convince the women to come to our Center for a screening.
On Sunday, 28 October, this month of celebration and prevention ended at the presence of many people including local authorities, public and private entities, our partners, NGOs and other associations that work in the area, and most importantly the people of Fianarantsoa, especially the women.
All the parties involved remarked on how important prevention is in order to fight against cancer, especially uterine and breast cancer, which, according to the statistics, represents one of the main causes of death for the Malagasy women.
With its state of the art equipment and staff, the Rex Center is a true gem in the Haute Matsiatra region when it comes to preventing and diagnosing cancer. It is a rare privilege for the women of this region to be able to avail themselves of these services, not only because they can have control of their health, but also because they can be sure that they are in good shape and that they can take care of their families.
In short, our work doesn’t simply touch women, but the entire Haute Matsiatra Region, because women’s health is fundamental to guarantee the sustainable social and economic development of the future generations and the growth of the entire country.
We would like to wholeheartedly thank all of our supporters who have done everything they could to promote and support our activities during the month of October all across the Region:
The local Mayor, the Fokontany President, the Representative of the Ministry of the Population, DRS Fianarantsoa, PMI Anjoma, the National FISA Coordinator, the Fianarantsoa penitentiary, the Director of the National Police in Ambatolahikosoa.
Our partners and friends, Orange Antarandolo, Soroptimist Club, Rotary Club, JCI Fianarantsoa, Projet Jeune Leader, NGO Bel Avenir Fianarantsoa, NGO VOZAMA – Mahamanina, Enfants du Soleil, AFHAM Fianarantsoa, CERES, Mrs. Annie and Mrs. Bodo - Ambalakilonga, the Sister of the Providence of Ilena, Miara Miainga Ilena Association, the Scouts, ODEFI, TSG, FUNHECE, Cyber one, Alliance Française, Tsidika Communications Agency and the Adventist Church.