Every year, no fewer than 800,000 women die of breast and cervical cancer – and 90 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries like Nigeria because of late stage detection.
This realization is what led 31-year-old Runcie Chidebe to launch Project PINK BLUE – a community-based cancer initiative that has been providing free breast and cervical cancer screenings for poor and rural women to help phase-out late diagnosis of cancer in Africa.
During his NYSC in 2013, he carried out a community development project breast through which he provided free breast cancer screenings and counselling to indigent women in Abuja.
The impact of this project is what eventually propelled him to establish Project PINK BLUE. Since its launch, over 900 women have directly benefited from the free cancer screenings, while more than a million have been reached through his campaigns.
Runcie is currently calling on the Federal Government to establish a National Agency on Cancer Control, to assist cancer victims in the country. Speaking with Business Day, he said:
"It is not proper that in a country of more than 70 million people, we have only two treatment centres that are functional.
There is a need for the government to make our national health a priority; let’s save our women, men and children dying of cancer."
You can learn more about Runcie's project – and how you can volunteer – on his website.