Rotary Uganda, in partnership with Centenary Bank launched this year’s Rotary Family Health Days (RFHDs) under the theme ‘Good Health, Happy Families’ at Jjanyi Church of Uganda – Kajjansi, on Entebbe Road.
Speaking at the launch, Centenary Bank’s General Manager Finance, Godfrey Byekwaso, said, “We chose to support activities related to cancer because we know it is a silent killer yet whose early detection can protect life. Through various activities, we have made millions of people aware of this scourge and knowledgeable on how to prevent it, and has seen some women get the desired treatment early.”
Cervical cancer is one of the leading killer diseases in Uganda with about 3,915 new cases registered every year, according to the 2015 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Related Diseases Report.
“This year we have set aside shs20 Million to ‘Bridging the Cancer gap’ activities which will go towards the purchase of cancer screening kits to be used for the Rotary family health days, District conference and the cancer run,” Fabian said.
During the Rotary Family Health Days, 81 Rotary clubs spread across the country will set up medical camps at 91 strategic sites.
These medical sites/camps will offer both specialized and general services in the areas of cancer screening (cervical, breast, and prostate), child immunisation and nutrition, family planning and maternal health, HIV/AIDs counseling and testing, dental services (mainly examination and extraction), optical services, malaria testing and treatment, safe male circumcision, health education and blood donation.
These services will be conducted by a team of medical professionals from Health Centre around the country.
About the Rotary Family Health Days
The underlying objective of the RFHD program is to engage Rotarians and development partners in humanitarian service to the local communities by offering free, quality, and professional health care. The RFHD program is implemented in six countries of Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana and very recently Tanzania. Since its inception in 2011, this programme – a vision of Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje, has reached out to over 479,312 in Uganda. Many of the beneficiaries cite inadequate medical facilities in their localities as a major hindrance to proper medical care.