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The MCF Annual Cancer Awareness Walk 2019

targeted at policy makers. A call to action for the government to effect existing laws and policies for Universal Health Coverage.  

 

It is also a  networking event for all actors in cancer care, a mean exercise machine, a fun concert, a family day out, a meet and greet favourite celebrities; most of all, it is Nigeria’s biggest fundraiser for indigent cancer patients. 

 

Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF) has been at the forefront of cancer control in Nigeria. We have recorded many achievements through various outreach, awareness campaigns, and patient support programs. 

 

Founded 11years ago by Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The first Nigerian to seat on the board. 

Walk Details

Starting point: Medicaid, 2, Libreville Street, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Date: Sat 26th Oct 2019

Time: 7AM prompt

Finish point: Edmunds Event Center, Dabras Hotel, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2. 

Attendance: Overall, we had approximately 10,000 Walk Participants  

 

In response to our extensive high-level advocacy to policy and decision makers, we received support in physical attendance and representation from 

 

● The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari: ably represented by Dr. Hajo Sani

● Physical attendance of Wife of the Vice- President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo

● The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila: represented by Honorable Tolulope Akande-Sadipe.

● 6 GMs of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

● Representation from the National Primary Health care and development agency (NPHCDA) 

 

As part of WalkAwayCancer, we:

1. Donated N10Million Naira to 34 Cancer Patients at the National Hospital Abuja.

2. The foundation subsidized the cost of Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancers for women, Prostate and Testicular Cancer through October 2019.

3. Alongside our partner- Monitor Healthcare, we offered free breast cancer screening to over 4000 women during the actual walk day. 

4. A video message from the President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Princess Dina Mired, calling on the government on all levels to put cancer control on top priority.

5. Through our high level of advocacy, we recognized the efforts of NHIS for including some cancer treatments to their portfolio.

6. We held a media parley on “way forward on cancer care in Nigeria”. It featured our cancer survivors & fighters, as well as members of the press. 

7. Apart from Abuja, the “Walk” also took place in London, Germany, Houston, Maiduguri, and Anambra.

8. We are currently leading high level advocacy targeted at the NPHCDA and national legislative to ensure HPV as routine for school girls alongside routine screening is introduced at phc level by 2020 as planned. A feat that has been achieved by smaller African countries like Senegal Kenya and Rwanda.

9. Also, in efforts to reduce the expensive burden of cancer on patients, we reached an agreement with Roche Pharmaceuticals Limited to subsidize the cost of Herceptin- A chemotherapy drug for breast cancer HER 2+ patients. 

10. Also, in collaboration with other civil society groups against cancer, we are advocating for a catastrophic health fund for cancer patients. We hope that this bill will be passed and will become operational by 2020. 

 

For more information, visit www.medicaidcancerfoundation.org

 

Instagram: @medicaidCF

Twitter: @medicaidCF

Facebook: @medicaidCF

 

For enquiries: info@medicaidcancerfoundation.org 0708 874 4634 

 
 

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