Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a landmark event held at the Freetown Golf Club, on Saturday, 25th November, 2023, the launch of Prostate Cancer SL brought together community leaders, medical experts, and advocates to address the pressing issue of prostate cancer in Sierra Leone.
In his welcome address, Gibril A. Saccoh, President of the Freetown Golf Club, announced a strategic partnership with Cancer UK-Salone, highlighting their joint commitment to raising awareness and supporting those affected by prostate cancer.
Speaking to Awoko, he noted that the collaboration will play a pivotal role in educating the public and making a positive impact on community health.
During the event, Dr. Mohamed Bah, a cancer specialist, presented a comprehensive overview of the current state of prostate cancer in Sierra Leone.
”With alarming statistics revealing an average of 70 patients seen per week, including 20 new cases, the urgency of the campaign is evident,” said Dr. Bah.
He emphasized the risk factors, clinical features, treatment options, and the benefits of early screening, providing attendees with crucial information to combat the disease effectively.
Encouraging attendees to contribute to this initiative aimed at dispelling stigma, reducing the psychosocial and economic impact of prostate cancer, and ultimately saving lives, Dr Len Gordon-Harris, a trustee of Cancer UK-Salone outlined the campaign’s objectives and announced a fundraising target of 1.5 billion old Leones.
Alhaji Tunde Cole, launching the Prostate Cancer Sierra Leone Campaign, stressed the importance of open dialogue and collective action in the fight against this prevalent but treatable cancer.
According to him, the campaign marks a transformative moment in the nation’s approach to men’s health, breaking down barriers of stigma and fostering a culture of open dialogue, expressing optimism that it will lead to tangible improvements in the well-being of families and communities across the nation.
He appealed to everyone for their unrelenting support for this project so that they can make strides towards a healthier and more resilient Sierra Leone.
“Prostrate Cancer SL nar we all yone bcos you never know tumarrah,” he added.
In a symbolic gesture, Madam Tina Davies, President and Founder of Cancer UK-Salone, donated screening equipment to the palliative care team of Connaught Hospital. She underscored the significance of women supporting men in the battle against prostate cancer and highlighted the role of early detection in saving lives.
The event featured heartfelt video clips of goodwill messages, survivor testimonials, and a pledge session. PSN/27/11/2023