AZANIA Bank Limited has donated 5 millionto support the Tanzania 50 Plus Prostate Cancer Campaign that seeks to create public awareness on the fatal disease.
Speaking during a handover ceremony at the bank's headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Azania Bank Director in the Managing Director's office (Treasury Management and Business Development) Godwin Seiya, declared the bank's commitment to support various social programmes through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Mr Seiya said the bank was in a process of developing a CSR policy that will clearly specify how to support various CSR projects, noting that consensus will be reached after consultation with all the bank's shareholders.
He noted that his bank has decided to support the campaign to sensitize the public to make routine tests at least once a year, with the view of minimising risks for many men who are potential future victims. "Records indicate that prostate cancer kills up to 1,000 people in Tanzania every year.
Men above 50 are at a greater risk. We at Azania Bank believe that the only way to minimize the risk is through public senstisation. "We believe with proper information dissemination, victims of prostate cancer can seek medication thus increasing their chances of living," he said.
The Tanzania 50 Plus Campaign Coordinator, Dr Emmanuel Kandusi, a survivor of prostate cancer, said during the event that many lives will be saved if men decide to undertake voluntary screening at early age between 45 and 50. "Many people tend to go to hospitals when the disease is at advanced stages.
It is imperative for men over 50 years of age to undergo testing for prostate cancer for at least once a year. The earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chances of making recovery," he added.
The Southern Africa Human Rights NGO-Network (SAHRiNGON) - Tanzania Chapter Coordinator, Martina Kabisama, however, called on other companies and individuals to support the campaign if it's to register positive results to the public.