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Sinomusa Nothando raises cancer awareness in rural areas

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

In light of World Cancer Day on February 4, a group of cancer doctors in KwaZulu-Natal have taken it upon themselves to find easier ways to get to their patients in remote areas.

The Sinomusa Nothando Community Development is a non-profit non-governmental organisation that advocates for rural cancer awareness.

Dr Thandeka Mazibuko, specialising in Radiation Oncology in KwaZulu-Natal, founded the organisation in 2004 while she was still a medical student.

She says the project represents who she was as a girl who was from the rural community and the experiences that she bore witness to.

Patients in the rural areas would often die undiagnosed of cancer or were untreated due to delays because of lack of knowledge.

“The NGO represented the paradigm shift in the management of cancer as well as decentralisation of resources from the specialist level to the community.”

Sinomusa Nothando will host an Africa Unite Against Cancer fund raising event to buy a mobile clinic on February 5 with artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Khaya Mthethwa and health dignitaries from the rest of the continent.

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