Lagos, Nigeria, February 11, 2019; Sahara Group and The Dorcas Cancer Foundation are joining forces to increase awareness of the cancer scourge in a bid to reinforce the role early detection plays in preventing avoidable morbidity and mortality from the disease which claimed the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018.
Statistics sourced from the World Cancer Day website indicate that at least a third of common cancers are preventable and up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through implementing appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.
Tagged ‘How Pink Is Your Love’, the project will take advantage of the euphoria surrounding the 2019 Valentine’s Day celebration to shore up awareness and early detection campaigns through youth engagement talks in schools, health walks, media interactions and donations to select cancer based non-governmental organisations.
The campaign will be implemented across the energy conglomerate’s locations across Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Dr. Adedayo Joseph, Clinical Radiation Oncologist and Executive Director of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation will provide lead technical support for the campaign through her organisation which is widely regarded for its leading role in stamping out cancer.
“Last year, Sahara Group added more fillip to the issue of climate change on Valentine’s Day. Our ‘Greenest Love of All’ campaign was well-received and generated remarkable awareness and commitment to galvanizing action towards protecting our environment. This year, we are delighted to work with the reputable Dorcas Cancer Foundation to stem the tide of cancer, a deadly disease which can be tackled by awareness, early detection, accurate diagnosis, as well as prompt and proper treatment.” explained Bethel Obioma, Head of Corporate Communications at Sahara Group.
According to Obioma, cancer; which claims 17 lives every minute all over the world requires sustained global attention and collaboration to stem the tide of its adverse impact. “Our campaign is actually a passionate appeal to extract more commitment from everyone to spread the word about cancer, get checked, encourage others to get checked in order to increase the chances of saving more lives through early detection. There is also a high level of myths, misinformation and stigma that fuels the spread of the disease. So, at Sahara Group, we are asking, how pink is your love this valentine, as we take the fight to cancer.”
Speaking on the partnership with Sahara Group, Dr. Joseph said, “Not too long from now, every person living will know someone affected by cancer. We owe it to ourselves, and to the people we love to get involved. This fight cannot be left for the oncologists, the doctors, healthcare professionals and non-profits. Every individual has a duty and an obligation to society, to do their part for cancer control.”
According to her, The Dorcas Cancer Foundation has backed cancer research; published and distributed free of charge, a first of its kind childhood cancer handbook in West Africa, funded diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for several children; partnered with community leaders and influencers to raise awareness; and trained hundreds of health care professionals on early detection and referral paths. “But it is all only a drop in the bucket until everyone gets involved.” I have devoted my career to changing the cancer narrative in Africa, and I invite every individual, every organisation; to join in their own way. “This season, as everyone celebrates love and relationships, I believe we need to take a moment to think about those for whom life seems to be hanging in the balance; those whose priorities are vastly re-arranged by the diagnosis they face. Take a moment to show love to someone who desperately needs it,” she added.
Oluseyi Ojurongbe, Manager, Sahara Foundation said the organization remains resolute in its commitment to partnering with various stakeholders to “take cancer down”. He said the total annual economic cost of cancer which is estimated at 1.16 trillion dollars makes it imperative for various stakeholders across the globe to support sustainable awareness and prevention projects.
“At Sahara, we have over the years supported several cancer programmes to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with the disease. Some of our cancer interventions include donation towards the acquisition of a Mobile Cancer Center by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy; sponsorship of prostate cancer surgeries in Lagos; cancer screening and awareness programmes for staff members and cancer screening for over 5000 rural women across Nigeria. The Sahara Group subsidiary in Geneva recently partnered with English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA) alongside other organizations to carry out awareness programme themed Paddle for cancer dragon boat festival.”
“The war to defeat cancer should be concerted requiring the efforts of individuals, corporations and government. Sahara Group is excited to draw attention to the cancer menace as the world celebrates the concept of love. We believe the greatest form of love this valentine is to raise awareness and do everything possible to enhance the cause of early detection by promoting voluntary and sponsored medical intervention,” he added.
– Sahara Group
Shell Delivers N150M Capacity Development Programme For Bonny Youths
Apr 14, 2019: No fewer than 12 young entrepreneurs from host communities to the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal in Rivers State have benefitted from a N150 million capacity development and empowerment programme by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).
SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, who handed over the service entry and final settlement to the beneficiaries in Port Harcourt described the initiative as a product of continuous effort by SPDC and its joint venture partners to empower youths, promote Nigerian content and support community participation in Nigeria’s oil and gas value chain.
Weli said, “Developing local skills, talent and contracting capacity in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is very important to SPDC and its partners. That is why we have continued to embark on programmes and projects that have sustainable impact on our host communities and the Nigerian economy. “This is a demonstration of how much benefit a conducive business environment and cordial relationship between host communities and industry players can bring to the people.”
Weli commended the beneficiaries for their industry and determination to champion entrepreneurial rebirth among youths on Bonny Island. He encouraged the beneficiaries to always keep an optimistic business mindset and to translate the opportunities into further empowering others.
The capacity development initiative included one-year vocational training, and obtaining Level 1 City and Guilds certification. The beneficiaries also received equipment and materials worth over N50million in addition to start-up grants.
One of the beneficiaries, Christopher Irimagha, described the opportunity as ‘life-changing’. “The training has been beneficial in positioning us for success in our community.”
This initiative is in addition to SPDC’s 16-year-old Shell LiveWIRE, a flagship enterprise development programme designed to help young people explore the option of starting their own business as a real and viable career option. It provides training, finance, and business mentorship for young entrepreneurs.
Launched in Nigeria in 2003, Shell LiveWIRE has produced thousands of Niger Delta entrepreneurs most of whom are now employers of labour. Some of the beneficiaries are also given the opportunity to play in SPDC’s supply chain as vendors and are provided with access to growth capital.
HealthPoint Promote Health Inclusion For Widows And Orphans In Nigeria
As part of its vision to promote health care inclusion for all in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, Healthpoint has commenced its free health insurance cover for widows, orphans and the less privileged in Nigeria.
Healthpoint is Nigeria’s first on-demand health plan retailer providing health insurance plans at an affordable rate using the monthly subscriptions model.
The exercise which took place recently is one of the startup’s efforts to promote health inclusion, redress health and social inequalities in the country by providing affordable and effective health intervention for the underserved and marginalized population in Nigeria and beyond. This year’s beneficiaries sprang from four orphanages; vulnerable children care homes as well as widows in Nigeria.
The free health insurance which covers a period of one year will cater for the medical consultations, treatments, tests, prescriptions and drugs of the beneficiaries.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Kemi Ayinde stated that the exercise is part of its mission to ensure that everyone in spite of their pocket size is able access proper health care and medical attention when needed.
The startup which is only a few months old provides healthcare solutions right at your fingertips for as low as ₦800 monthly. The Healthpoint app also offers various unique health services like the Doctor-on-Call Service that allows subscribers contact medical specialist for quick consultations, book appointment and follow-ups from anywhere around the world.
With just six months gone since its establishment, Healthpoint is leading the campaign to promote Health inclusiveness and implement innovative health finance solutions that accommodates everyone from all social levels in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
BHGE contributes to Mozambique Cyclone Relief Efforts with $50,000 donation to victims
The donated sum made to Red Cross Mozambique, will support relief and victim support expenses such as food, water, shelter, medical supplies and other essentials
MAPUTO, Mozambique — Both companies supporting relief efforts in the most affected locations; Employees also providing support by donating necessities.
MAPUTO, Mozambique, March 27, 2019/ — Both companies supporting relief efforts in the most affected locations; Employees also providing support by donating necessities.
Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) (BHGE.com) announced today its donation of $50,000 to the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Mozambique, in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which devastated large parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi on March 14, 2019.
The donated sum made to Red Cross Mozambique, will support relief and victim support expenses such as food, water, shelter, medical supplies and other essentials. Likewise, employees have made individual contributions of funds and essentials to support ongoing relief efforts.
In expressing his condolences, Ado Oseragbaje President & CEO, BHGE Sub-Saharan Africa said “it is heartbreaking to see the scale of devastation wrought by the cyclone on innocent lives, particularly in Mozambique. With this contribution to the Red Cross purse, we are complementing efforts to help the affected communities get back on their feet.”
In addition, Farid Fezoua, President & CEO GE Africa stated: “Given our established presence in the country, we share in the deep pain of the people of Mozambique and in particular, the communities directly affected by the cyclone. We stand with them at this difficult time” he added. “We hope this donation helps provide the needed support for the people affected.”
BHGE has operated in Mozambique since 2014 with offices in Maputo and Pemba. Through the extensive supply chains, the company, directly and indirectly, employs several Mozambicans. Also, as champions of localization, BHGE invests heavily in the empowerment, skills development and transfer across multiple economic sectors.
– GE Africa
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