AKBARALY FOUNDATION – MALAGASY RED CROSS – ITALIAN RED CROSS TOGETHER TO RAISE THE MALAGASY WOMEN’S AWARENESS AGAINST UTERINE AND BREAST CANCER
The Akbaraly Foundation decided to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day with 3 important awareness missions for the women of 3 districts in the Haute Matsiatra region: Fianarantsoa, Lalangina and Ambalavao.
For this event, the Foundation collaborated closely with the Italian Red Cross and the Malagasy Red Cross with the support of La Vita Per Te NGO. Each partner gladly shared its skills and know-how; we also created a flyer in the Malagasy language that will be used for all the awareness missions.
The Malagasy Red Cross kindly put its young volunteers at our disposal, in order to involve the local population in the awareness campaign and convince the women to get screened.
The Akbaraly Foundation, on the other hand, working closely with La Vita Per Te NGO, supplied its technical know-how and skills by mobilizing its team and technicians, and by putting its structures and equipment at the disposal of the women, in order to help them prevent and fight against uterine and breast cancer.
We then set up all the necessary structures and infrastructures to welcome 500 women. The Mobile Unit played a particularly important role: thanks to “Luisa”, which is equipped with all the necessary tools for the mammograms and the ultrasound exams, the women who participated in the campaign had everything they needed.
All of this was realized thanks to the Italian Red Cross who gave its financial support to this initiative. Their participation was truly fundamental and allowed us to really help these women prevent and fight against cancer.
Thanks to all our partners, we managed to obtain the following results: out of 449 women present, 311 of them had a Pap smear, 390 had a breast exam and 23 had a mammogram.