Female owned, female run, and founded in 2006, the MEPS Well Woman Clinic has provided breast cancer and other health care services to over 30,000 women in Sierra Leone, especially the underserved. Through increased awareness, the number of women presenting to the Clinic with breast abnormalities has increased significantly over the years. With no mammogram machine however, the medical team is still limited in its screening and diagnostic efforts relying only on ultrasound. According to the American Cancer Society, “results from many decades of research clearly show that women who have regular mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer found early, are less likely to need aggressive treatment like surgery to remove the breast (mastectomy) and chemotherapy, and are more likely to be cured.
HACU believes that “where you live should not determine whether you live.” HACU is therefore supporting the mammogram initiative of the Well Woman Clinic. The goal of this initiative is to acquire a mammogram machine and install it at the Clinic so that it is fully operational and of service to the community.
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to host the annual gala in its usual format this year. While many things around us have taken a pause because of COVID-19, Breast cancer is not taking a pause. In communities like Sierra Leone where stigma is still attached to Breast Cancer, access to early detection has become more important now than ever before because without prompt action, the small gains that have been made through educational campaigns will easily erode sending people back into their comfort zones of inaction, more late stage diagnoses, and deaths. Please join us for an evening raising funds for this worthy cause.