Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Founder and President of Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, visited the headquarters of Varian Medical Systems and factory, manufactures of today state of art cancer fighting linear accelerators in Palo Alto, San Francisco, California, USA.
Mr. Vincent Roufle, a friend of BCI and Peace and Love Hospitals, who recently visited the two organizations, accompanied by Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, took her round and interacted with executive staff and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dow Wilson.
The CEO of Varian, Dow Wilson, was decorated with Ghanaian apparels after the presentation on the Breast Cancer situation in Ghana.
The meeting was described as very rich, and gave chance to go through their comprehensive product portfolio and their mission to make cancer a chronic manageable disease.
Dr Beatrice Wiafe, visited Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where patient treatment could be seen and clinical workflow discussed.
“We believe this was a major step in establishing the basis for the comprehensive cancer center in Peace and Love Hospitals.”
At meetings in community centers and churches and in interviews with local and international media outlets, she explains the importance of early detection and consequences of delaying treatment.
Her organizations have started working with schools to inform girls and the youth in general about breast cancer, targeting a demographic that not only improves awareness in the younger generation but also help spread knowledge as girls talk to family and friends.
Since its inception in 2002 BCI has initiated various strategies including awareness creation, health education, teaching breast self examination, and referral system to demystify the disease and enhance appreciation of women and their role in the society
BCI has also relied on Voluntary staff and donations from benevolent individuals and organization to travel almost every weekends and sometimes weekdays to conduct breast cancer outreach programmes, mostly in the rural communities where most women reside and are more vulnerable.
Dr. Wiafe Addai, believes strongly that midwives community health and registered nurses, who happened to be at the first point of call, in the communities, must have some knowledge in the common cancers especially breast and cervical cancers, yet Ghana has no specialized oncology Nursing schools to train these nurses in oncology.
It is in view of this conviction that BCI, Ghana National Cancer (NCC) of USA and Krebsallianz of Germany organized and trained more than 200 nurses selected from various health facilities across Ghana to professionally equip them both theory and practice in modern diagnosis and management of cancers in general with special emphasis on the most common women cancers (Breast and Cervix).