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Safaricom Foundation Hands Over a New State Of The Art Cancer Care Centre in Nairobi

20th Feb 2014

In Kenya, cancer is the third leading cause of death.
It is estimated that 50 Kenyans die daily from various forms of cancers.

Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Faraja Cancer Support Trust have opened a new state of the art cancer facility designed to provide complementary care and support for cancer patients at no cost.

In Kenya, cancer is the third leading cause of death.
It is estimated that 50 Kenyans die daily from various forms of cancers.
Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Faraja Cancer Support Trust have opened a new state of the art cancer facility designed to provide complementary care and support for cancer patients at no cost.

The Kshs 6m facility is meant to provide cancer patients and their caregivers' ample space for physical activity and therapy.

Safaricom Limited CEO Bob Collymore said the cancer centre named after the late Ivor Machio Wekesa who was Director, Risk Assessment at Safaricom Limited aims to better the lives of cancer patients and their families by offering guidance during recovery.

"For those of us who knew the Late Ivor Machio Wekesa, we all agree he had the innate ability to see great potential in those he worked with and believed things can always be made better than they are. He aimed to improve, re-apply higher standards and tackle real problems, we wish to continue with that legacy," Collymore said.

Faraja Cancer Support Founder Trustee Shaira Adamali said: "We are tremendously proud to have worked with Safaricom Foundation on this project. It will provide us with ample space to introduce other methods of improving the treatment paths and general wellness of our patients, which in turn should allow us to cater for more of those on the cancer journey."

The facility is well equipped for yoga, dance classes and also for seminars. Faraja will also be implementing a ?"Support Group that Moves" using peer support to encourage cancer patients to take up yoga, strength training, dance & exercise, thereby contributing to their recovery and general wellbeing.

It is estimated that 28,500 people are diagnosed with cancer annually which is ranked as the third biggest killer disease in the country.