International Women’s Day Cancer and COVID-19 Prevention
In March, 2021, the World Patients Alliance (WPA) partnered with: Community Health Information Network (CHAIN), and Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organization (UQOCASO) to celebrate and highlight International Women’s Day with the featured theme focusing on ‘Cancer and COVID-19 Prevention: I Am and I Will’. This these was decided upon to be an empowering call-to-action, urging personal commitment, and the power of action taken now to have a positive impact on the future.
This event was a global day which WPA supported with the purpose of highlighting the celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This event featured subject matter experts engaging with and educating community leaders on the importance of women’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic and Cancer.
The purpose of this community engagement event was to ensure that women are offered opportunities, a conducive environment, effective policies, tools and skills to empower them to stand up to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their healthcare. Throughout history, the central role of women in society has sought to ensure the stability, progress and long-term development of nations.
Partners: Community Health and Information Network (CHAIN)
Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organization (UQOCASO)
Attendees included: representatives of Village Health Teams, Teachers, Community Leaders and child caregivers
Agenda: presentations, testimonies, dialogues and participatory educational activities focusing on COVID-19 prevention and management, health talks on cancer as a disease, cancer prevention: recognition and treatment options, and the addressing /dispelling of healthcare stigmas