Then the second part of the discussion considered possible community strategies. Key points were:
1. Campaigns need not be expensive.
2. There are many existing community organisations: use them. An example came from Anne Gudgeon who spoke at Gatesville Mosque last weekend. During the session, the Iman spoke. He reminded the audience that each individual is responsible for looking after their health.
3. When women present to the clinic with problems/for investigations, use the opportunity to examine their breasts.
4. When running breast awareness campaigns, bring up other issues eg Prostate cancer.
I am hoping that there will be some imaginative and successful campaigns run by the participants.
|Michelle Norris being bandaged|
|Sue demonstrating bandaging on Anne Gudgeon|
A huge thank you to the faculty: Sr Lieske, Michelle Norris, Dr Anne Gudgeon, Dr Linda Whitelock-Jones, Salome Meyer, Estelle Botha and Sue Serebro.
The course is dependent on sponsorship. We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors. The course was run in the Netcare Education Centre in Post Elizabeth. The food and flights were sponsored by Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital and we are grateful to Chris Tilney for his generous support. Greenacres Hospital supplied the transport and helped with logistics. Karen from Baard brought the biopsy needles we used and Dr Linda Whitelock-Jones lent us her expertise and US machine. We are grateful to Care Cross and DigIt for ongoing and much welcomed support.