Uganda Women's Cancer Support Organization (UWOCASO)

Uganda Women's Cancer Support Organization (UWOCASO) is a group of breast cancer survivors. The initiative to form the group arose from the survivors' personal experiences as patients and the realization that they could contribute. These survivors efforts go towards making fellow affected women have less traumatic experiences and to foster hope for a cure if they report early for treatment. UWOCASO was founded in 2004 by five survivors but has continued to attract more survivors and well wishers. The current membership is 35 survivors. It is the first cancer support organization founded in Uganda. The organization's main aim is to give psychosocial support to women and their families experiencing breast cancer and cervical cancer diagnosis. They are focused on educating the entire population about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of these cancers and are trying to impart a culture of routine screening, adopt best practices of Self Breast Examination (SBE) and presenting early for treatment. The organization`s current activities include breast health and cancer education through community mobilization and demonstrations in schools, maternal clinics and community centers. UWOCASO has appeared on monthly talk shows and in articles in the media. They offer patient support and counseling services, in addition to pursuing advocacy and public policy movements. It is interested in participating in cancer research and clinical trials, and they are interested in providing training opportunities for both professionals and volunteers. UWOCASO was accepted as a UICC member in May 2008.
Contact information
Phone: 
00 256 414 590 897
Location
Address: 
Plot M3 Suuna Road
Ntinda Stretcher
P.O.Box 33256
ZIP: 
City: 
Kampala
Country: 
Uganda