11 February 2013

Tanzania: Azania Bank Donates Sh5 Million to Breast Cancer Campaign

AZANIA Bank Limited has donated 5m/- to the Aga Khan Health Services in support of this year's breast cancer awareness drive in the country.

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) Mr Godwin Seiya, said the bank was committed to support various social programmes.

Mr Seiya noted that his bank has decided to support the campaign to sensitize women and the public in general to make routine tests at least once a year to minimise risks to many women. "Records indicate that up to 1.5 million women gloablly have breast cancer.

Tanzania accounts for 1,307 of the breast cancer victims. We at Azania believe that the only way to minimise the risk is through public sensitisation. "We believe with proper dissemination of information, victims of breast cancer can seek early medication thus increasing chances of living.

"We are today donating five million shillings to support this year's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign," he said. The Aga Khan Hospital Medical Director, Dr Jaffer Dharsee, said during the event that the campaign targets to screen up to 5,000 women this year.

He said last year's campaign that was held in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Dodoma and Lindi had cost US$100,000 (about 160m/-) and reached 3,000 women in the four regions.

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