In 2010, the Akbaraly Foundation launched 4A WOMAN, the first integrated health program focused on the prevention and treatment of gynecological cancers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Defined in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar and supported by the World Health Organization, 4AWOMAN aims to create a system of response to female cancers.
Cancer in developing African nations is becoming an increasingly serious problem due to lack of awareness, education campaigns and prevention. In addition, radiotherapy is still not available in most countries. Each year, it causes thousands of deaths, especially among the poorest sectors of the population. The challenge is to create a low cost model that could be reproduced in other African countries.
4AWoman was planned with four main axis:
A large part of the Malagasy population doesn't even know about the existence of cancer, and most of the people that have knowledge of the disease think that is something unstoppable, that one way or another it will kill you.
Treat and Prevent
Our first goal is to help the Malagasy women directly. Thanks to our two health and prevention centers for women and children we offer prevention services and basic treatment for cancer and for other diseases that affect Madagascar.
Today even in the universities cancer is not well known. There are only a few specialization courses and the topic is only hinted at in the basic medical course. In all the country there are only a handful of oncologists. Our mission is to promote courses on cancer in all the universities and to help the students that want to specialize in oncology with scholarship and grants.
Our first goal is to help directly the Malagasy women. Thanks to our two health and prevention center or women and children we offer service of prevention and base treatment for cancer and for other disease that affect Madagascar. Today thanks to our Mobile Unite we can bring the cure also in the remote rural areas.