The 10th annual golfing tournament was hosted at Karen country club saw Credit Bank amongst other corporates take part in this great cause of curbing Cervical Cancer in the country.
The STOP Cervical Cancer initiative is a collaboration between Rotary club and Women4Cancer, a Kenyan NGO committed to a vision of a Kenya free from cervical cancer. The organization focuses on initiatives that target parents of pre-adolescent girls with reliable information on HPV Vaccine, and women of all ages through screening for early detection, and navigation for prompt treatment.
Speaking to Monica Chege Credit Bank’s Senior Marketing Manager during the tournament “Our sponsorship is focused on furthering the cause of curbing cervical cancer. As Friends of the rotary, by supporting their cause in prevention of cervical cancer.
Credit bank supports women led enterprises and we are keen on some of the deep issues they go through like cervical cancer. The money raised during the tournament will used to Increase awareness at community level through health camps, supplying free HPV screening kits for women of reproductive age and facilitate timely treatment and educating families on the HPV vaccine due to the planned free national vaccine roll-out for eligible girls. As Cervical cancer is easily detectable and curable in its early stages.” She ended.
Credit Bank are also major sponsors for the Mt Kenya Running Championships. The championships, organized by the Meru County government, will be happening on the February 22 in Mt Kenya with the organizers targeting over 5,000 participants to raise more than Sh50 million for revitalizing their efforts in fighting cancer. Meru is one of the 11 counties with high prevalence of cancer and proceeds from the event will boost the fight against the disease.
Cervical cancer can be life-threatening if it remains undetected and/or untreated. It is caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) and takes several years (even decades but may be less for immune-compromised women) for cervical cancer to develop in the body, from the onset of HPV infection in women. According to Women 4 Cancer, cervical cancer affects more than 5,200 women in Kenya each year and more than 3,500 will die from it. This is a cause for concern as this is one of the preventable types of cancer.